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Friday, March 15, 2013

Whole Wheat Bread using Tangzhong Method :Baking Partners Challenge # 8

Baking Partners challenge #8 comes with another interesting recipe of making your own bread at home.Sound wonderful right??? Yes..I enjoyed making my own wheat bread at home and was very happy at the outcome.Swathi@ Zesty South Indian Kitchen suggested two methods of making bread using Tangzhong method(Asian style) and the Scandinavian method of scald flour.This challenge was a very remarkable turning point in my baking skills and am happy that I tried it.(Though I tried twice making the whole wheat bread suggested by some of our friends and wasn't satisfied with the results).This recipe was suggested and adapted from Christine's Recipes.But this tangzhong method had amazing soft texture just like store brought slices.My kids didn't believe that it was homemade bread.I tried it twice and both results were awesome,soft & delicious bread.The first time I tried making four balls,rolled and placed,baking was just lovely but I couldn't cut out neat slices.So,tried again and this time they are all in pictures.Don't they look store brought?? ;) So,don't hesitate to bake your own healthy bread with no high fructose corn syrup and feel happy !!!

For making Bread
whole wheat flour 150 gm/1 cup/ 16 tbsp) 
bread flour 200 gm/ 1.6 cups /(1 1/2 cups+1tbsp+2tsp)
Tangzhong 100 gm/1/3 cup(refer to below recipe of tangzhong)
sugar 40 gm/2 1/2tbsp
egg 45 gm(I took 1 egg) yolk and white separated, whisked 
milk 1/2 cup/100gm
salt1tsp/5 gm 
instant dry yeast 6 gm /2.12 tsp(I took 2tsp)
unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 40 gm/2.85tbsp

For tangzhong
Bread flour 50 gm/1/3 cup
water(can replace with milk) 250ml/1 cup


For making tangzhong:

  • Mix flour in water well without any lumps.(I used milk) Cook over medium-low heat, stirring consistently with a wooden spoon, whisk or spatula to prevent burning and sticking while you cook along the way. 
  • The mixture becomes thicker and thicker. Once you notice some “lines” appear in the mixture for every stir you make with the spoon. It’s done.  If you want to check the temperature of tangzhong it is 65 C/149 F.Remove from heat. 
  • Transfer into a clean bowl,cover with a cling wrap sticking onto the surface of tangzhong to prevent from drying up.Let cool.The tangzhong can be used straight away once it cools down to room temperature.Just measure out the amount you need.The left over tangzhong can be stored in frisge upto a few days as long as it doesn't turn grey.If so,you need to discard and cook sone more.(The chilled tangzhong should return to room temperature before adding into other ingredients 
  • The mentioned recipe of bread requires 1/3 cup of tangzhong/100gm. This recipe of tangzhong makes two loafs.

Making of Bread-
  • Whisk the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer (if you are using a bread maker, add the ingredients according to the instructions of your bread maker. Note: use your bread maker only for the mixing/kneading stage/first rise).  
  • Add the milk,egg(reserve the half egg white to brush on top) and the tangzhong.
  • Mix until the ingredients come together, and then knead until it forms dough. Add the butter and continue to knead and medium/high speed until the dough becomes smooth and elastic and no longer sticky. To test the dough, pull it until it forms sort of a thin membrane.  This could take up to 20 minutes. 

  • Place the dough into an oiled bowl or dough rising bucket, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rise until doubled. The original recipe said 40 minutes, but my first rise took 1 1/2 hours.
  • On a floured surface, deflate and divide the dough into four /three equal parts and form into balls. Cover with plastic wrap and allow it rest for 15 minutes. 

  • Take each piece and, using a rolling pin, roll out into an long oval shape. Fold the shorter sides of each oval over like an envelope, into sort of a square. Flip the squares over, and roll out into an oval again. Flip them back over, and roll each oval into a roll/cylinder, from one end to the other.  
  • Second proofing-Arrange the rolls in an oiled one-pound bread pan, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise to about ¾ of the height of the bread pan. It took about 40 minutes.Brush the loaf with the egg wash and bake in a pre-heated oven at 170 degrees C/335 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes. (Mine got done at 30 minutes,cover/tent the top of loaf with aluminium foil to prevent over browning at 20minutes) 
  • Remove the loaf from the pan and cool on a wire rack. Let it cool completely.Cut in slices and serve!!


Servings~ 1 loaf (preferably use a 10" bread pan)

*The tangzhong method can be used to make the famous dilkush of our Indian bakeries or any other stuffed ones too.I had my own dilkush recipe in blog which stills runs to be one of the popular ones,so didn't give a try using this method.But you can go ahead and try with this method too.

*The bread should cool down completely before cutting slices otherwise it leaves a sticky kind.
* Though I used wheat flour,the bread turned out more of white probably because I used Ashirwad atta(Indian brand).
*Always keep your rack in the center of the oven otherwise the top or bottom may burn fast.

Sending this to Swathi @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen

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divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Bread has come out perfectly Julie.. Looks so soft with perfect crust.. Lovely!

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow perfectly baked

Chocolate & Chillies said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!!! That looks super soft...great job!

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Great method of making bread...It really looks very soft and awesome.

Prema said... Best Blogger Tips

wow perfectly made,well baked...

What's Baking?? said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a great bread, Julie. So soft and wonderful.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful bread Julie looks so so soft dear

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

I tried many breads with this tangzhong method & loved it..prefectly baked bread Julie..

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

The bread looks awesome was a fun doing this challenge

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome post as always Julie! I love your dilkush bread as well. Will try that soon with this dough. Love the way you have sliced the bread so well :)

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Bread looks awesome, the tangzhong method looks very interesting..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

wow so moist and soft!!
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Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said... Best Blogger Tips

no wonder ur kids cudnt believe it wasnt store brought. it lookss tooo gud, Julie

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Vikis Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Beautiful bread...soft and perfect. very nice method. I will try this for sure. Bookmarked this!

Janani said... Best Blogger Tips

soft loaf of bread. Love the way it looks so nice and light.

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the post... too yummy... me a bread lover... will surely try and post it kettooo :)

Babitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Bread made at home lovely,must try one day

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

too good~

FewMinute Wonders said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, your bread has turned out very well. Good job, I am happy for you.

Chef Mireille said... Best Blogger Tips

I've used tangzhong method before and bread comes out super soft!

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

Soft and yummy bread dear
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Mahi said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfectly baked bread..would love to see the whole bread before slicing Julie! :)

Sahasra Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks soft and tasty bread.

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

Seriously I am drooling,looks so yummy

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

looks absolutely amazing.. Beautiful pictures too..

Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

wow..Julie! so perfectly baked loaf...ur bread got the right texture n looking so it! Neat presentation too!

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful white and soft bread,perfectly baked dear.

jasna varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm going to try this method next week...I'll let you know about my results!

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful whole wheat bread Julie, you did very well. Yes tangzhong makes soft bread.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...that is a super soft bread. good post Julie.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful bread, Bread looks delicious

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

super soft bread...

Priya Elias said... Best Blogger Tips

The bread looks so soft and perfect Julie :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

So soft n fluffy! Yummm

Jannet Loves to Experiment said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect bread Julie... Just like the store bought ones

Vidhya Viju Govind said... Best Blogger Tips

great work Julie - ur pics speaks for it all - very nice !

Achu said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing dear and Loved the clicks and it looks so lovely tempting :)

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

ADipoli bread Julie...It was a lovely bake... said... Best Blogger Tips

Iam a great failure in making many times..but urs perfectly done..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect Bread with perfect texture.

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect bread and slice's too.

Asiya Omar said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks perfect..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful bread dear..

Sweet'n'Savoury said... Best Blogger Tips

my my I am loathing over your lovely loaf!!

misha said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect looking slices. Would' love 2 try this .

aipi said... Best Blogger Tips

Your house must have smelled divine after baking this, nice job here.


Suja said... Best Blogger Tips

it has come our perfect.. great work Julie..

Tisa Jacob said... Best Blogger Tips

A work of art, great job, Julie.

Chitz said... Best Blogger Tips

Yup.. Julie.. They definitely look like store bought.. Perfect slices and awesome snaps :)

PinayinTexas said... Best Blogger Tips

Great job, Julie! They look like store bought indeed!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

It is of a perfect shape and size. Good job

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect bake yummy n soft looking bread

Sneha said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello Julie.. i am new to baking and so eager to hit start. Stumbled upon ur site during mu usual googling. And was so delighted. :)
Have been searching for a simple and healthy bread recepie for long now. Glad i found you. Had a few Questions - i am vegan for sometime now... so is there a substitute for the Egg that is used? also, is bread flour equivalent to Maida?

Thanks a lot for all your efforts in the blog you maintain. You are an inspiration!!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sneha Hi Sneha,Yes you can replace bread flour with all purpose flour,and if you would like an eggless version then add 1/4 cup of yogurt and a pinch of baking soda mixed together,add along with other ingredients as mentioned except egg and bake :)
Thanx for dropping by my space dear!!