Oh, yum. I remember coming home from a competition and how the whole house smelled like bread. Nothing tastes or smells heavenly than warm bread straight from the oven. Today I'm going to share one of my absolute favorite freshly baked ham and onion bread recipe. It's great for breakfast or even afternoon tea. Everyone loves it!
• 25g bread flour
• 113g whole milk or water
1) In a saucepan, Add bread flour and whole milk or water, mix well. bring to a boil over low to medium heat, Whisking until thickened and completely smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn. You will make about 100g water-roux. Set aside to cool until ready to use or cover and refrigerate overnight.
● 65g cold milk
● 1 whisked egg
● 100g water-roux
● 20g, 2 tbsp sugar
● 18g, 2 tbsp milk powder
● 270g bread flour
● 5g, 1 tsp dried yeast
● 25g, soften butter
● a pinch of sea salt or 1/4 tsp normal salt
● 60g spring onion (or scallion)
● 1 egg, whisked
● a pinch of sea salt or 1/2 tsp table salt
● 1/4 tsp white pepper
● 10g corn, sunflower or olive oil (choose any)
● 100g-150g sliced smoked ham
(It depends how much ham you like)
1) In a large bowl, Add cold milk, whisked egg, roux, sugar, milk powder, bread flour and yeast. mix well.
2) Kneading the dough by hand, about 10 minutes. Adding soften butter and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt. Push the dough up and down, beat until no longer stick to your hands or the work surface.
3) Place smooth dough in a lightly greased, large mixing bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in upper or second rack of refrigerator overnight. Allow to cold rise. (or you can rise in the room temperature for 1 hour until triple in sized).
4) When risen. Transfer the whole dough to a floured work surface. Use a kitchen scale for calculate the ''whole dough'' and divide the weight by the number of pieces you want.
5) Forming it into a ball. pressing it down and roll into a long shape. cut into 3 lines. it will take the new number of its position in the row, place 1 under 2 and 3, repeats until dough is braided.
Add tops of bread with a little topping mixture. A handful of sliced smoked ham. It will added tasty flavor and create a decorative appearance.
6) Place the dough onto a baking tray and rise again for 30 minutes or 1 hour in the warm place until double in sized. Ideal rise temperatures are between 35°C. If it's a winter day, the common problem is that dough won't rise. Using a warm oven by turn your oven on and off or with boiled water on the underneath to help your dough rise perfectly. (Don't let the temperature reaches 45°C, It will killing the yeast).
7) Bake in preheated oven 150°C for 15 minutes and 180°C for 3-5 minutes. Everyone's oven is different, you have to adjusting the temperature and baking time.
8) Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm.
1) It's recommended to use an oven thermometer.
2) Store a bread in an airtight bag or airtight container and keep fresh for 2 days or kept in a freezer for 1 month. To reheating and serve, After defrost the bread, It can be wrapped in aluminum foil in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
3) Yeast is best stored in the refrigerator, as the fungud in it will be killed at high temperatures. Before using yeast check the production date and storage life of your yeast. Refrigerate it as soon as possible after each use. The main cause of bread falling to rise is bad yeast.
Recipe Source: JosephineRecipes.Co.Uk