Monday, July 19, 2010

Soft Potato Wheat Loaf and Awards

It has been so long, too long in my perspective since I last made fresh bread. I have been waiting, holding back my "urge" to bake a batch that I would make myself contented. :) Why hold back you ask? It wasn't the right time and the right place as yet. Now that I am finally in my new house with my new oven and reunited with my KitchenAid mixer, it's one BIG happy reunion, lol! And alas the wait was all worth it! A few weeks back when my mom called me over for dinner, I knew the opportunity has arrived. :) I had been wanting to make some nice bread for her and been delaying it for so long. So I quickly went with one of my favorite soft bread recipe which I baked before from 孟老师的100道面包 and modified it a little and came up with this Soft Potato Wheat loaf bread.
Okay, this looks like some ordinary looking loaf, but it is so so soft! I knew from my past experience that using potato in the dough will result in the bread being super soft. ;) But of course the handling and kneading of the dough will require extra work since it will be a soft sticky dough. :P


Since this recipe is similar to the one I have posted before, I will not be retyping it out again here in this post. The main difference is I had replace about 40 to 45g of wholemeal flour (Prima brand) from the bread flour in the dough recipe to make it a wee bit more healthy. :) If you are interested to try this out, please kindly refer to my previous post.
See what I mean? See how the slices gently lay on each other, lol! Furthermore, the loaf was well baked, means the crust was there but not thick, and internal was all nicely risen and puffed. :) *thick skin....I mean me, not the bread*
A shot of a slice of the bread....okay I admit I am really happy with this, hahaha! So good to have fresh baked bread in the house again....the toasty smell filling the whole house...an indescribable happiness for me. :D
Besides the loaf, I had some left over dough and I made 3 small pork jerky buns (肉干面包). I brought them over to my mum's and it was gone in minutes, even though everyone already stuffed themselves with my mum's delicious dinner, heehee. :D
A glimpse of my breakfast (half eaten already...sorry) the following morning. Happy? Contented? You bet I am, lol! You can have this too my friend, just get yourself in the kitchen and start baking. ;) No, no bread machine needed, just you and perhaps a good stand mixer (but your hands can do it too~!) will do. Even though it has been a super long wait of 6 months++, I was smiles again after this bake. Do try it out and let me know how it work out for you.
Before I sign off this post, I would like to thank dear DG for passing not 1 but 2 awards to me. ;0 Indeed it was a pleasant surprise! I had seen these awards lately being passed on to several of the fellow bloggers. And because of that, I will accept the awards and skip the passing on part, hope you don't mind DG. ;)
Thanks again to DG for these 2 lovely awards and wish I can be better blogger with much more interesting post in the future. Have a good week ahead to you all! Cheerios!



23 comments:

DG said...

You deserved the awards :)
Your bread look fluffy & soft. I not really confident in making bread, cause I find mine most of the time turn hard on the 2nd day. :(

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks DG, you are so nice. ;) Hmmm.... the bread turns hard the following day can be due to several reasons. The most common one would be not kneading the dough enough to reach the "window" stage. Otherwise it's adding more flour then required because of tired of handling the sticky dough( I'm guilty of that last time). Eitherway, hope u will try bread baking again, I failed several times too but I didn't give up until I get the proper technique. Good luck yah!

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Bee,
I can feel the joy in you very much! The bread is very soft indeed! I tried this recipe before, it's very soft!

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

I am waiting for the day my KA will arrive from US. I don't dare to attempt soft sticky dough breads now as I don't knead that well, and my breads..sigh, are always under kneaded.

Wait... October, then I'll try this out. My KA is arriving in Oct!!! It's so so so much cheaper to buy there.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Bee Bee, the bread looks VERY soft! The sliced ones look floppy whilst leaning toward the next ... I know, bread makes with potatoes is usually soft! I'm so gonna make potato buns soon!

Yeap, that's why bread is one of my fave bakes though it's also one of the most time-consuming. Love kneading dough with my own hands ... So therapeutic. (When I'm angry, I slam the dough against the counter. LOL!) What makes me fall in love with bread making is the fruit of your labor ... So rewarding, sensually rewarding! Your wait is worth it after all! ;)

petite nyonya said...

wow, the texture looks super soft!! potato bread is such a hit nowadays. so many types of bread i wanna make and this is sure one of it :)

ReeseKitchen said...

I was happy for you too Bee Bee..:) Your bread bakes are always nice and delicious!! I think I got to bake some bread or buns next week, it seems a decade for me for not baking breads...haha! Btw, may I know if I knead too long will there be a reason for a hard bread texture the next day too? Thanks ya..;)

Anncoo said...

Mmm...nice bread. Hope I can do it like you :)

mysimplefood said...

Wow your bread really looks good. So softa nd so well done. Is this the sweet bread recipe and the you added some potato?? You really make me wanna bake bread but I am so concerned that I will fail..

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

from the picture, I know this loaf is very soft. You know, now i making your bagel which I have wanted to it long time ago. and I plan to eat with chicken stew. By the way, what brand of your new oven? I planning to one soon.Thanks dear.

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Bee Bee, the bread looks so soft, I love to eat bread with bakwa, yum yum!

Magic of Spice said...

Wow, what wonderful treats you have here:)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks for dropping by Grace, always love reading your cheery comments. ;) Yeah so soft right! Think I will make it again soon since my family liked it so much.

Hahaha, I can feel your anticipation Wendy. I too waited so long to reunite with my KA! But kneading with your hand is also no problem, just needs perseverance and arm power, lol! Looking forward to your bread post in October.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Pei-Lin, I am so like you, lol! Even though I let my mixer did most of the kneading, I still love to do the final slamming and punching of the dough at the end, lol! indeed very stress relief method, and yields good bread! Hahaha!

Dear peite nonya, I do hope you get to make this soon. You will really enjoy it I am sure, happy baking!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi hi dear Reese, thanks for your kind support! But you too make delicious bread too! Hmmm.... Over kneading? I have not done that before but maybe will kill the yeast if your mixer overheats the dough. Must constantly check for the window stage towards the end, like every 3 to 4 mins. I am looking forward to seeing your yummy bread post!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Dear Ann, I cannot say this enough, but you are such a great baker/cook, so I am sure this will not be much of a problem to you. ;)

My Simplefood, mmmm.... I am not too sure if you are referring to which sweet dough. If you want, just click on the link on my previous post for this recipe yah? Come on, got to live up to your baking spirit! Try it out and don't let failure be a hinderance to reaching your destination my friend! (sound like some teacher, lol) but seriously, try it out ok?

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Sonia my friend, I am super excited when I talk about my new oven, lol! It's a German brand call De Dietrich. My model is DOC710X with 7 cooking functions. It's a high end oven so it promises excellent baking results but it's quite expensive. If price is not an issue and you bake so often like me, do consider it, it's value for money and you will LOVE it! Email me if you want more info.

Jess, I love bread with ba Kwa, ba hu etc. I love bread in general, lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Magic Spice! Welcome to my blog and hope you will come visit again soon. ;)

ICook4Fun said...

From the look of the pictures I can see this bread is very light and fluffy. Better still they are healthy too. I am sure they taste even better sandwich between ham and cheese :)

Angie's Recipes said...

The loaf looks super soft!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks so much Angie! ;)

Magic of Spice said...

Congrats on your awards :) This looks so delicious...

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks for dropping by Magic of Spice! Hope you will try it out. ;)