Freshly and Lovingly Baked on : 15th Jan 2014
I …. Am…. Itching to Bake. And I am not going to wait till the weekend to start this. A simple bread bake can do the trick. However, bread takes time. I am working full time and hence I only have 4 hrs at night to do so. So, I decided to split up the process. First, I do up the dough and let it retard in the fridge for 22hrs before completing the rest of it the following day.
In this way, I will not have to rush through the process and is able to allow the dough ample time to proof. This is supposedly a maple flavored bread. I just shaped it into flowers to create a garden. This bake truly made me smile. As always.
265 Bread flour
60g Cake Flour
50g Maple Sugar
4g Instant Yeast
10g Milk Powder
1 Egg (about 50g + 150g Water)
30g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
2 Tbsp Maple syrup for brushing over the dough before baking
2 Tsp Granulated Sugar (to be sprinkled over the dough)
Mixed all the dry ingredients together before adding in the wet ingredients. Knead in mixer till it is able to pass the window pane test before adding the butter in. Knead to incorporate the butter into the dough.
Let it proof overnight in the fridge. Or if you choose to bake within the same day. Just let it proof in a warm place until double in size.
I took out the dough the next day and punch down before dividing the dough into 11 equal portions. Round it up and let it rest for 10 mins before shaping.
To create the flower, flatten 2 round doughs into 8 cm circles. Cut it in halves and place the 4 halves side by side but overlapping one another. Then round it up starting from one end.
Place all flowers into the greased pan and let it proof until double in size. Just before baking, coat it with the maple syrup and sprinkle generously with the granulated sugar. Bake it in a preheated oven of 180 degree for 21 mins. To prevent excessive browning, I tent it after 10 minutes.
The smell was amazing and it lingered on till the following day. As I get dressed for work, I cannot think of anything but to sink my teeth into these fresh bread. In the process, I also created the ladybirds to complement a supposedly flower patterned bread.
Ohaiyo gozaimasu minasan!!!