A couple of days ago, I was punched on the face while walking to the office. The woman was crazy – I should have crossed the street. But anyway, of course I called my dear husband and told him about it.
Hubby: Oh my God!!! You have to call the police!!!
Me: But she ran away. I didn’t even have a good look at her 😦
Hubby: You still need to file a police report! You have too!!!!
Hubby: Because everyone will think I did it!!!
(Thanks, babe! Very supportive!!!)
So, what do I usually do when I’m upset? I bake! This is our favorite loaf of all time – the softest, lightest, and fluffiest loaf ever. Everything will be alright with a slightly toasted bread slice and a cup of cappuccino.
Japanese Milk Bread
(Adapted from Linh Trang’s “Nhat ky hoc lam banh 2″)
For 2 loaf pans 5″x9” (lined with parchment paper)
150g heavy cream
1 large egg
540g bread flour
60g cake flour
30g milk powder (optional)
1 pinch of salt
10g active dry yeast
1 egg yolk + a few drops of water (optional)
- Heat the milk + heavy cream briefly until lukewarm. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and set it aside for 10 minutes.
- Sift together the bread flour, cake flour, milk powder, salt, and sugar.
- Mix together the foamy yeast mixture with one egg.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in all of the egg yeast mixture.
- Knead until the dough forms a smooth and elastic ball.
- Place the dough in a large bowl, cover with a plastic wrap and let it proof for 1-2 hours (depending on the room temperature), or until doubled.
- Once the dough is doubled, turn it out and punch it down.
- Divide it into 6 equal pieces. For each piece, form the dough to a small roll (see instruction here).
- Place 3 pieces in each loaf pan.
- Let the dough proof again for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Whisk an egg yolk with a splash of water, and brush the egg wash over the dough.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Let it cool on a cooling rack (although it’s best eaten when warm).
Capital-intensive method (a.k.a. bread machine):
- Add all wet ingredients (heavy milk, milk, egg) to the bread pan.
- Then add all dry ingredient except the yeast (bread flour, cake flour, milk powder, sugar, salt).
- Finally sprinkle the yeast on top.
- Set the bread machine to Dough Regular or Quick, depending on how much time you have. Usually, the regular setting takes about 2 hours, while the quick one takes around 1 hour.
- The machine will knead and proof the dough for you. Cool, huh? Just sit back and enjoy a cup of tea, or do something else.
- Take the dough out and follow from step 8 above.