Monday, April 14, 2008

Bread trial # 4: Sweet potato bread

I have to say.... or as all of you can tell.............I have be in love with bread making lately!!!........

I have always thought that breads are really hard to make, but what I have realized after these experiments is that they are actually easier than other forms of baking (e.g. cake, pastry, etc...). The most important component is patience............

The particular bread making method used for this sweet potato bread can be said to be the ultimate patience tester!!!

Different from the other methods.......This one is (again I am making this name up):

Cold Rising Method

The dough after the initial kneading process is then stored in a Ziploc bag and let rise in the fridge for ~20-24 hrs...... apparently this allows the flour particles to absorb and re-distribute the H2O.............and allow the gluten to form slowly and steadily to develop flavours..........

I added some mashed sweet potatoes in the bread dough.......sweet potatoes not only provided the bread with some natural sweetness........but they are also responsible for the orangy, gold glow of the loaf

300 g Bread flour

100g Whole wheat flour

180ml Whole milk / soy milk

~250g Mashed Sweet potatoes
*I just cooked mine in the microwave with a little bit of milk and then mashed it
80ml Honey
*that is about 1/3C

20g Milk powder

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp dry yeast

1) Combine all dry ingredients

2) Add wet ingredients to Mix 1

3) Knead dough until a smooth and elastic dough is formed
* This dough is a bit wet, so it will still be slightly sticky but certainly elastic is key

4) Let rise in RT for 30 mins

5) Transfer dough into a large Ziploc bag and put it in the fridge

6) Let rise in the fridge for ~ 20-24 hrs

7) Take out and let sit at RT for 30 mins

8) Shape dough to desire shape or add fillings

9) Let rise in a warm draft free place for another 40 mins or until dough double in size

10) Baked @ 180C for 20-40 mins depending on shape and size
* I made two loafs..... so they are bigger and took about 40 mins to bake


A lovely orange loaf with a hint of sweet potato both in flavour and scent........!!! delicious............

2/3 of a loaf was gone in 2 mins...........

After all these experiments, I have to say


Maybe i should save up and then instead of buying a car when i move to Tahoe, I should buy a BREAD MACHINE

I guess unless I can be as lucky as Inga and manage to find one off the street for free.... I doubt that would happen in Tahoe..........

I guess i can only hope :P

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