Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hawaiian Sweet Bread

I probably own about 10 books that are exclusively on Bread Baking. That combined with numerous baking books which have a section dedicated for bread baking makes me have more recipes than what I can bake in my life. Very rarely I follow any recipe and this one is no exception. The book that it is adapted from talks about short cuts to getting the yeast bread made in half time. Since I was not looking to rise the dough in half time, I made modifications to the recipe and the method. Original recipe also bakes it as a round loaf in a pie plate. But, I was looking for a bread to make sandwich for the kids' lunch and hence baked it in a regular pan. Result was a very rich and fluffy bread that my kids loved with Nutella and as a grilled cheese sandwich.
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Adapted from Bread in Half the Time by Linda West Eckhardt and Diana Collingwood Butts
All purpose flour or Bread flour - 3 cups
Active dry yeast - 2 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Sugar - 3 TBSP
Non fat dry milk - 1/4 cup
Oil or melted butter - 1/4 cup
Warm water - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 2 large (Or thick yogurt 1/2 cup)
Butter to brush the loaf after baking - optional, I didn't use it.

Bread Machine Method: (Warning: Do not bake this in the bread machine, just use it to make the dough)
Place all the ingredients in the pan of the bread machine and set it for dough cycle for 1 1/2 lb loaf. When the cycle completes, take out the dough and shape and bake as explained below.

To make this by hand:
Take water in a bowl. Add sugar and sprinkle yeast on it. Let it froth ( 5 - 10 minutes). To this, add the oil, salt, eggs, vanilla and beat to break the eggs. Slowly add the dry milk powder and start adding the flour. When you can no longer turn the spatula, start kneading by hand to get a smooth dough. It will take about 10 - 15 minutes to get a smooth dough. Dough will not be sticky and will be smooth and silky. Cover and let rise till puffy. It need not double in bulk. It takes between an hour to hour and a half for this. Gently deflate and shape into a loaf. Grease a 9 X 5 pan and place the shaped dough in the pan. Cover and let rise till it reaches the rim of the pan, about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 F and bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until dark brown and sounds hollow when tapped. This rises very well in the oven.
Cool on the rack and brush with butter if desired once out of the oven.

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  1. Simple yet delicious looking Hawaiian bread. Wonderfully prepared.

  2. U rock with breads Champa, i dunno wat to bookmark wat to leave..beautiful bread again.


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