Monday, October 14, 2013

Soy Sweet Potato Bread

I never thought that soy milk can produce delicious bread... Can it?

As much as I would like to be a vegan, I find it extremely difficult to give my love of milk and cheese. Although I like to use milk and butter for all my baking, I'm actually a more "tofu" type of person and like the idea of exploring recipes that use soy milk for baking.

Honestly, not all cakes and breads made with soya milk that I have tried are good (even one soy bread recipe using Tang Zhong method) but this is the one that I would highly recommended...

Soy Sweet Potato Knot Rolls
Soy Sweet Potato Loaf
Both soy sweet potato knot rolls and loaf are made with the same bread recipe.
I have tried one recipe that used both olive oil and Tang Zhong made with soy milk...
This Tangzhong bread has an interesting taste but texture-wise, it is not fluffy at all... FAILED!
In contrast, the breads made with these ingredients are great!
This is my son, happy torturing these sweet potatoes!
The tortured sweet potatoes were made into bread doughs.
Shaping the bread loaf
The knotted rolls are shaped according to my baking friend, Jessie's instructions at this post.
Ready to bake...
Happy to see these beautiful bread rolls...
... and this puffy loaf!
I'm a little disappointed with these not-perfect swirls...
... but impressed with its fluffiness!
Moist and fluffy bread! Thumbs up, of course!
Here is the recipe adapted and translated from the book, Original Flavour by Carol Hu (in Chinese language)

Makes 1 x 20 cm x 10 cm loaf and 4 knot rolls

150g golden sweet potato, steamed and mashed

150g white sweet potato, steamed and mashed 
2 x 280g bread flour
2 x 1 tsp instant dried yeast
2 x 15g caster sugar
2 x 1/4 tsp salt
2 x 15g rice bran oil or any vegetable oil
2 x 150ml soy milk

Using a bread maker, mix white sweet potato and one set of ingredients together and knead into a smooth dough. Repeat with golden sweet potato and the other set of ingredients and allow both dough to prove for 1-2 hr.

Divide each dough into 4 portions. 

To shape dough into a loaf:

Roll 3 of each portion into rectangles (with approximately 10cm width). Stack one white rectangle on one golden rectangle and roll them up like a Swiss roll. Repeat to yield 3 Swiss roll doughs in total and place them all in 20cm x 10 cm loaf tin.

To shape dough into knot rolls:

Divide the last portion of dough into 4 pieces of dough. Roll out each piece into long ropes. Join the ends of one golden rope and one white rope together. Make 2-3 twist and then twist it to form a circle and tuck in the ends at its bottom.

Allow both loaf and rolls to prove for another 1-2 hrs or until their sizes doubled.

Brush the dough with rice bran oil and bake in preheated oven at 160°C fan forced for 20 mins (knot rolls) and 40 mins (loaf). The loaf was covered with foil at the last 20 mins of baking.

Happy Baking
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  1. Oh wow! That two color bread looks so nice! I would eat it just for it's looks :D

  2. Hi Zoe , it seems as if I can smell the bread , yummy and delicious thanks for sharing :)

  3. Hi, Zoe, have you changed something about the setting of your blog? I overlooked this posting & I think also your previous posting. From behind the scene, in the past, I normally see a small thumbnail picture of your recipe & your name, Zoe will appear first but now, I can't see the thumbnail picture anymore. And it is "noreply" that comes first before your name, that's why I didn't come to visit you as I over-looked.

    I like this bread recipe, esp how you used 2 different colours of the bread dough to shape the loaf, so clever girl! Never use soy milk to make bread before, this looks new to me!

  4. Hi Zoe, I like the duo colour effect. Very nice!

  5. Wow wow!! You bake beautiful breads!! This is not just a 'little thumbs up' recipe. Even my thumbs are up!! Kudos mommy Zoe :)

  6. wow, potatoes bread in 2 colours, looks really tasty! I like the way you roll and twisted the bread!

  7. Your sweet potato soy milk bread looks really beautifully done. Love the golden color.

  8. Love that you even made a few variations of this recipe... a yummy one!

  9. Hi zoe, this is another beautiful baked bread!Love the sweet potatoes combination! Must be soft and yummy :)

  10. I am sooo going to bake this! I am! ^.^

  11. i'm so in love with your knot rolls! looks like tulips!

  12. Hi Zoe, those knot rolls are beautiful, love the dual color effect. The texture looks good too, must try this healthy bread recipe out!

  13. Zoe, the bread is so beautiful! I thought it's cheddar cheese twist at the first glance.

  14. Wow, these rolls looks so beautiful Zoe! Love the dual effect with the knotted rolls. Your amazing bread baking skills always impress me :) Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial :)

  15. Beautiful beautiful bread! Lovely colour combinations too. I loved the texture, very soft and fluffy.

  16. Wow!. Two-tone colours!. Looks great. Got strong little hands to help up slap, punch, pinch and squeeze!

  17. Hi Zoe, all the bread that you made look so beautiful.

    This is extremely pretty and look yummy!

  18. Nice colour♥beautiful n healthy bread,i like it:)
    today i also just baked a 'tang zhong' bread oh..hehe(^_^)

  19. Lovely breads, Zoe! The two tone colour looks very attractive! And delicious!
    I was looking into soy flour for making bread, have not found it yet!

  20. Hi Zoe, it's great to visit your site... looking around now.

  21. Looks like a lot of hand work but definitely a must try for me. Looks delicious!

  22. Zoe, I love the two tone color of your bread and rolls! Wish I could taste :)

  23. I am always so jealous of the lovely fluffy breads you manage to bake. I need to practice more I think.

  24. I love this Zoe look beautiful, I love sweet potato in récipes!

  25. You really do make the prettiest looking bread! And one would never be able to tell by the pictures that it was made from soy.
    PS I hope your marathon went well!

  26. Thats a rocking combo and bread is just mindblowing.

  27. ok, i'll definitely try this, look awesome!

  28. Hi Zoe,
    Yeah! It is so great that we are trying out new ingredients through LTU events.
    Love your soy, duo tone bread. Simply delicious!

  29. Love the colour contrast of this bread. Very healthy too!

  30. OH WOW! I'm soo gonna bake this! Looks so lovely & appetizing! ;)