Monday, July 11, 2011

Pain de mie (Sarabeth's Bakery)

This is such a fanciful name for a simple loaf of bread. In French, "pain" means bread or loaf of bread and "mie" means crumb. Pain de mie is the most ideal type of bread for making sandwiches or toasting.

I always wanted to bake this bread when I first read the book, Sarabeth's Bakery: From My Hands to Yours. 

This recipe is brilliant! I'm happy to see my basic loaf being so perfectly "square", soft and delicious for my sandwiches.


Here's the recipe from the book, Sarabeth's Bakery: From My Hands to Yours.

1 3/4 tsp active dry yeast
2 tbsp plus 2 tsp granulated sugar
1 1/3 cup whole milk
3 1/2 bread flour, as needed
1 tsp fine sea salt
3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

Sprinkle yeast over 1/3 cup warm milk in a small bowl. Let it stand for 5 min, then stir well to dissolve.

Pour into the mixer bowl, Add 1 cup cold milk and sugar and whisk to combine.

Attach the bowl to mixer and fit with paddle attachment. On low speed, beat in half of the flour, the salt. Add softened butter, 1 tbsp at a time and mix until it is absorbed into the dough. Continue adding enough flour to make a soft dough that cleans the bowl. Replace paddle attachment with dough hook. knead on medium-low speed until smooth and elastic about 6 min.

Butter a medium bowl. Shape dough into a ball. Place in the bowl and turn to coat with butter. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place until dough doubles in volume about 1 1/4 hrs.

Lightly butter a 14 x 4 x 4 inch covered Pullman loaf pan. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently pressing to deflate the dough, shape it into a 15 x 8 inch rectangle. To shape into a loaf, fold in right and left sides of the dough about 1/2 inch and pinch the seams closed. Folding over 1/3 of the dough at a time, roll up into a pump loaf, pressing the seam closed with heel of your hand at every turn. Using fingertips, pinch the final seam closed. Transfer the loaf to the pan with seam face down. pressing down gently to fit into the pan. Cover the pan, leaving the lid open about 1 inch. Let stand in a warm place until dough has risen to 1/2 beneath the edge of the pan about 1 hr.

Preheat oven at 180°C.

Close the lid completely and bake until top crust is golden brown about 35 min. Do not under-bake or the loaf will collapse. Let it stand for 5 min.

Remove the loaf from pan. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Note: I use 45% of this recipe to make a bread dough that can fit into my square-shaped Pullman tin which is 13 cm x 11 cm x 11 cm. I use 160°C fan forced to bake the bread for 25-30 min.

Happy Baking
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  1. Nice soft bread. Have a nice day.

  2. Is it a better choice to use a Pullman pan to make sandwich loaf? Your bread looks so soft and fluffy .... comparable with bread from Woolworths!

  3. I bought a Pullman loaf tin some time back but just haven't got down to using it. Thanks for this timely reminder Zoe! Have a wonderful week ahead :)

  4. what delicious bread Zoe!! Look nice!! gloria

  5. So soft and nicely browned!!Love it :)

  6. Your bread looks so soft and fluffy! Will try this one out. Thanks!

  7. Perfect bread for sandwich. Have a great weekend!

  8. Oh I need a new pan. This loaf is gorgeous! :)

  9. I have heard about this recipe and so wanted to make it. Too bad I don't have the pan. Your loaf looks like it's going to make for some great sandwiches and toast.

  10. This is a perfect loaf of bread and the name is so sweet!! :)

  11. Wow, sounds delicious!!!! Well job!!!!

  12. i understand what you mean by happy when you see the square. me too!

  13. Wow, this will be divine to make roti bakar with kaya and butter. YUMM!

  14. I had this book too ! But so far have not try anything yet. Heehee. Looks like it's time to look at this book again, considering your beautiful bread !

  15. I loveeeeeee it! So delicious, so soft..perfect Zoe!

  16. wow it really looks nicely squared! love the beautiful golden brown crust...i saw this book in the stores, but not sure how the recipes will turn out, looks good from what you've baked!

  17. Sarabeth's is great. I wonder if the bread is good for french toast...

  18. ok,,, so I have the pan and the book, I've tried this recipe exactly the way it tell you to do. and it's still not rising very good. Did you have this same problem? the recipe says... "let stand in a warm pace until the dough has risen to 1/2 inch beneath the edge of the pan, about 1 hour"??? mine does not do that at all! it's been warming for over 3 hrs now! please help! Thank you, Jess

    1. Hi Jess,

      The final proving time shouldn't be taking as long as 3 hours! Have you checked if you have added yeast or is your place not warm enough for proving. I like to place my bread in a box with one or two cups of warm water. The warming steam will help to warm the area surrounding the bread and helps proving better.

      Hope that this suggestion helps.