Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A beautiful day and lots of wholemeal breads

It was Labour day yesterday and Melbourne was having this beautiful weather for its Moomba festival and this long weekend. The sky was so clear and blue that gives me lots of feel-good feelings... 

I'm searching for an ideal bread recipe. A bread that gives me lots of feel-good feelings just like my clear blue sky...

Being typically health conscious me, these are the aims that I want in my bread:

1) Whole grains
2) all natural products (ie, honey)
3) avoid using bread improver if possible
4) and most importantly, bread with soft, fluffy and moist texture

However, my aims have not been not easily achieved...

Being impatient, I've tried to incorporate my aims all at a go in a honey 50% wholemeal bread, Unfortunately, this bread is not as good as the ones with bread improver.  Thus, from this point onwards, I've decided to work on my aims step by step.

To improve the texture of wholemeal bread, I'm happy to compromise 50% wholemeal by reducing the content to 30% wholemeal and stick to bread improver and use golden syrup instead of honey. This 30% wholemeal bread is a good start of my search as it contrasts from the 50% wholemeal bread very dramatically.

Next, I replaced the golden syrup with honey in my next bake and I was so glad that the 30% wholemeal honey bread is as fantastic as the 30% wholemeal golden syrup bread!

With the rest of my aims in my mind, my next mission is to try water roux method to see if any difference in improving the bread texture without the use of any bread improver.

30% Wholemeal Honey bread
Great texture for the 30% wholemeal golden syrup bread indicating a promising start for my ideal bread search
Great soft texture too for the 30% wholemeal honey bread
The bread has a combined topping of honey and oat on its top...very nice.
Here's the bread recipes that I've tried...

For a 750g loaf:

30% wholemeal golden syrup bread

Water 310ml
Oil 2 tbsp
Golden syrup 1½ tbsp
Salt 1½ tsp
Bread flour 300g / 2 cups
Wholemeal flour 150g / 1 cups
Gluten flour 1 tbsp
Bread improver 3⁄4 tsp
Milk powder 1½ tbsp
Dried yeast 2 tsp

30% wholemeal honey bread

Water 310ml
Oil 1 tbsp
Honey 1/4 cup
Salt 1½ tsp
Bread flour 300g / 2 cups
Wholemeal flour 150g / 1 cups
Gluten flour 1 tbsp
Bread improver 3/4 tsp
Milk powder 1½ tbsp
Dried yeast 2 tsp

1st knead 2 min
2nd knead 28 min
1st rise 20 min
Punch down 15 secs
2nd rise 20 min
Punch down 10 secs
3rd rise 50 min
Bake time 50 min

Total Time 2 hr 50 min
For this bread, normal proving time at the normal setting is sufficient for the bread to rise.

Place all ingredients into the loaf in the above order. Select basic setting for both 30% wholemeal bread and press "start". For the honey bread, after its final prove, drizzle 1-2 tbsp honey on the bread dough and sprinkle 1 tbsp of oat just before baking. Remove the loaf from the machine and from the tin immediately when bake is completed.

Happy Baking.

31 comments:

  1. Your bread looks absolutely lovely, Zoe. Especially like the last pic with the close up of the oats.

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  2. A v healthy bread indeed... I love the texture!

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  4. Your bread looks great! Love the oats on top too:)

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  5. The bread has come out super soft and would have tasted yummy..
    Lovely pics

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  6. I can imagine your soft & yummy bread ;)

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  7. I love the idea of syrup in there. Mine only have a tbsp of brown sugar.

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  8. Zoe....I am having bread fever now :) and your bread looks great besides healthy...the texture is great. I have tried out Peter Reinhart's bread recipe and found that they are soft and fluffy without having to use bread improver. He uses shortenings in some of his recipe and they remained soft even on the next day but provided store in airtight container. I have no bread machine so I use my cake mixer with the dough hooks and a light knead and his bread do turned out great :) I am so impressed with his book. Thank you for sharing your wholemeal bread recipe. Will try it out soon :)

    Cheers,
    Elin

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  9. That's a beautiful looking bread. Nice texture. Love the topping with oats!

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  10. hi Zoe, your loaf is so puurrrfect!!!
    btw i'm planning to buy a bread maker
    may I know what brand is yours? is it recommended?
    i'm planning to buy kenwood but still open for other recommended brands
    thks :)

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  11. wow,this is a superbread!healthy and delicious!

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  12. very healthy bread, Zoe! I was baking a bread with soy flour yesterday too!

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  13. awesome bread! great texture and healthy!

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  14. The sky looks so blue! True blue! Your bread looks perfect for this lovely day. How I wish it's a good day in Japan too. Oh dear, pray to god wishing that the radio active won't explode. Such a disaster!
    Blessings, Kristy

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  15. Zoe, this is a lovely loaf of bread. This is my first prolonged visit to your blog and I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  16. in Melbourne next week yipee and meeting a bunch of bloggers

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  17. i love the texture! looks really soft and fluffy. can't wait to spread some jam on the lovely bread :)

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  18. Such a healthy and prefectly baked bread...

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  19. Beautiful bread..love how you made this with healthy twist! Nicely done on the photos too! Wonderful post!

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  20. Can you believe that I've never made a loaf of bread? I should, shouldn't I? Especially if it brings sunny and clear blue sky feelings. :) Looks great!

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  21. the bread look so soft and yummy! i love it with lots of oats! (:

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  22. This looks just gorgeous! And the texture looks so wonderfully soft :).

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  23. What a gorgeous loaf of bread! Love the oats on top :)

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  24. OMG Zor really love your bread look georgeous!! and the pictures are beautiful! gloria

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  25. oh YUM! That bread looks so good!

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  26. Your bread looks beautiful! I love the pic of the top - so delicious!

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  27. Zoe, the wholemeal looks like its got a great soft texture! ive just posted about a similar recipe as well, using the tangzhong method! i should use honey next time instead of sugar! good idea. was deciding whether to buy bread improver or not...makes a huge difference?

    that photo of the clear blue sky makes me feel 'gratefulness' and 'relaxed'!

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  28. Zoe, I would like to inform you that I have pass you an award, please drop by my blog to pick up when you are free. Cheers!

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  29. What a coincidence, I posted about bread too today! This one is very fluffy and from the pictures I understand that it was really very good!

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  30. hi zoe, you;re really making good use of your breadmaker and i can see that the loaf turned out really beautiful! yes, you must try the water roux method, very soft and fluffy!! you will be amazed by the results!

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  31. It's a great Festival, and you are fully deserved of being there with you're ambitious and talented. And..anyhow, I hope we'll have more CONS in Orlando...It's fun!
    kids baking

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