Friday, October 16, 2015

Tangzhong Whole Wheat Bread

Please excuse me if I don't quite remember all the details for this wonderfully delicious bread.  Knowing that I was about to pack up my kitchen for yet another move, I made this bread (twice) in early September.  I have to say, it was difficult to keep quiet about it all this time -- it is one of my most favorite breads and I so wanted to shout about the experience to the world.  It was all I could do not to eat the whole loaf at once.  And, no, I didn't share.

But, now that I'm back in the 'land of appreciative recipients,' I am planning to bake it again and again and share.

Karen, of Karen's Kitchen Stories, was our hostess this month.  While I had heard of this bread before, I had never made it, so many thanks to Karen for her choice.  It's always good to discover something new, especially when it is scrumptious.

I would highly recommend baking along with the Babes this month -- you would be disappointed to miss this wonderful bread.  Send your posts to Karen by the 29th, the stay tuned for the roundup.

Tangzhong Whole Wheat Bread

Tangzhong mixture (makes enough for two loaves)

50 g/1/3 C bread flour
1 C water
  1. Mix the flour and water in a saucepan together until there aren't any lumps.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and registers 149 degrees F or 65 degrees C. If you don't have a thermometer (get one!), look for lines in the mixture made by your spoon as your stir. Remove from the heat immediately.
  3. Scrape the mixture into a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it onto the surface of the tangzhong. Let it cool. You can refrigerate it if you want to, or use it immediately once it has cooled. 
  4. Bring it back to room temperature when you are ready to use it. 
This will last a couple of days. If it starts to turn gray, toss it. 

Whole Wheat Tangzhong Bread

Makes one loaf, and is easily doubled

110 grams milk
45 grams whisked eggs (about one large egg)
100 grams Tangzhong
40 g sugar
5 g salt
200 g bread flour
150 g whole wheat flour
6 g instant yeast
40 g unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into pieces

  1. Add all of the ingredients except the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer. You can also mix by hand or bread machine. 
  2. Mix the ingredients until they form a dough. Add the butter, one tablespoon at a time, until incorporated. Knead until the dough becomes very elastic. More is better. 
  3. Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes. I think you could also do a cold ferment overnight, but I haven't tried it.
  4. Now for the shaping: Divide the dough into 3 or four equal pieces and form each piece into a ball. 
  5. With a rolling pin, roll each ball into a 10 inch long oval. Fold the oval into thirds, widthwise, like an envelope. Turn the envelope so that the short side is facing you, and roll it into a 10 to 12 inch length. Roll that piece like a cinnamon roll, with the folded sides on the inside, and place the piece in an oiled bread pan, seam side down. Repeat with the other pieces, placing them next to each other. To see a diagram of how to shape the pieces, check out this post
  6. Cover and let rise for about 40 minutes, until about 4/5  the height of the bread pan. 
  7. Bake in a 175 degree C/ 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the loaf from the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely. 
The Babes are:

Bake My Day - Karen
blog from OUR kitchen - Elizabeth
Bread Experience - Cathy
Feeding my Enthusiasms - Pat/Elle
girlichef - Heather
Judy's Gross Eats - Judy
Karen's Kitchen Stories - Karen
My Diverse Kitchen - Aparna
My Kitchen In Half Cups - Tanna
Notitie Van Lien - Lien
Thyme for Cooking - Katie (Bitchin’ Bread Baking Babe Biblioth√©caire)
Life's a Feast - Jamie
Living in the Kitchen with Puppies - Natashya
Ilva Beretta Food Photography - Ilva


megan said...

Did you leave NM? Or simply move to a larger kitchen :)

We too are in the process of moving, and I am seriously missing my pans/utensils/gadgets. Two more weeks.....

Karen said...

Oh Judy, I love the look of your bread, and I'm so happy you liked it!

ilva said...

It's a favourite here too! Your loaf looks great, you could even divide it into four and have small mini loaves, I think I will try that when we have guests, perfect for individual 'portions'!

Elizabeth said...

Wow!! It must have been so hard to have to wait to post about such beautiful results. Your bread looks fabulous.

How great that your move is completed and you can bake the bread again. Even if you have to share it. ;-)

Lien said...

How well prepared, having baked in advance. I hope the move went smoothly! Your bread looks great!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Wow! and Wow!
This is just one marvelous bread.
Glad the move is over and hope you can now enjoy the settle in and sharing;-)

Elle said...

Congrats on finishing your move...more time to bake! You have great willpower to not post about this bread in September. It really is a wonderful recipe, isn't it?

Aparna said...

That is one beautiful Tangzhong loaf, Judy.
Having baked this many times before, it's also one of my favourite breads.

Cathy (Bread Experience) said...

It is hard to keep quiet about this bread! Yours looks fabulous! And look at you being all prepared ahead of time.

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Katie Zeller said...

You've made it twice - and moved? Wow! I'm jealous (of the bread, not the move)

nicole said...

Your bread looks wonderfull I just made this bread it is very light .it did not come as high as yours can I use this recipe and put it in only one pan to make it higher.also can i apply the thangzong bread method to an ordinary white bread recipe