Sweet Yam Bread Loaf and Flaky Spiral Yam Mooncakes (芋头酥饼).
First up is Sweet Yam Bread Loaf. This recipe is created by yours truly and I have to say it's pretty successful. *thick skinned* Lol!:D
Although I do still need to brush up on my shaping technique ^_^", overall I am still very happy with this recipe. The bread turned out really soft and bouncy, and no long hours of waiting for the pre fermented dough! Sweet isn't it?! I experimented a couple times, first with purple sweet potato, and then with yam. Both gave very good results. I guess you can't really go wrong using root vegetables in bread baking, it usually yield very soft bread.
I used pre fermented dough technique but chilling it only up to 4 -6hrs in the fridge. I also chilled the mashed root vegetable in the fridge which I think helps removing extra liquid. However, bare in mind that the yam can come with different water content and thus may influence the dough. So the amount of water added to the main dough can be subject to change. Anyway, here is my recipe:
Ingredients for Sweet Yam Bread Loaf: (makes one 4"X4'X9" loaf pan)
65g cake flour
1/2 tsp instant active dry yeast
40ml warm water
pinch of salt
In a mixing bowl, mix everything together and knead till it becomes a soft pliable dough. Place the dough into a small zip-lock bag and chill in the fridge up to 4-6hrs.
All of the above starter dough
250g bread flour
10g skimmed milk powder
135g peeled, steamed, mashed and cooled yam (I chilled mine)
40g caster sugar
1 tsp instant active dry yeast
1/4 tsp salt
180 to 200ml water (add only as per needed)
30g unsalted butter, room temperature
- Knead all ingredients of the main dough together, except the butter. Add pre-ferment dough piece by piece. Knead after each addition until soft and smooth. Add butter. Knead until stretchable and pass the window panel consistency.
- Put the dough into a big bowl. Cover with cling wrap and let it prove for 30minutes till double.
- Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Flatten each portion with your hands to drive the air out. Roll it into square shape, cover and let rest for 20 minutes before shaping.
- Flatten the dough to drive the air out. Roll each out into a rectangular sheet with a rolling pin. Fold about 2cm from both sides towards the center and roll it out again. Roll the dough up like swiss roll (the width should be the same as the tin) and out them into the mould. Repeat for the rest of the dough portions. Cover with cling wrap.
- Let it prove for about 45 minutes or until the dough has risen to 80 to 90% of the depth of the loaf tin. You can either cover the lid or bake it open top. If open top, brush with egg wash. Bake in 175C for 30 to 35minutes.
Since yam (taro) itself has not much of a color, it's no surprise that bread baked with it will turned out looking like plain old white loaf. But there is a slight evidence of yam fragrance in the bread, nice! Although I did think about adding mashed sweetened yam as a filling, but later put it off the idea as I worry it will weigh down the whole loaf and hinder the rising of the dough.
Once you know how to gauge your dough's moisture balance and the kneading stage which you can reach the window panel, you are pretty much on your way to baking an excellent bread. It took me many failures to come to realize this and I believe there's no short cut to that. So don't despair if your bread didn't turn out as soft or nice, it happens. :P Just like the old saying goes; Don't give up, just bake and bake again! :D
Next up, I like to post up the Flaky Spiral Yam Mooncakes that I baked a week back. Somehow I fear that if I don't post this up sooner, it'll go out of "fashion" since Mid-Autumn festival is already way over!
You folks must be going "another spiral yam mooncake?!" Hahaha, I know, this is such a popular recipe among the bloggers this year! All thanks to Carol for sharing this wonderful, yes, super wonderful recipe for us to try.
I love this flaky skin mooncake with the creamy yam filling. And since I can control the sweetness of the yam filling, I made it mildly sweet which turned out just right. My parents & sister loved it and commented that I should bake this again next year. :)) I'm posting the recipe for my own future reference:
Sweet Yam Filling:
500g peeled, cut into chunks
80g caster sugar
30g unsalted butter
20g skimmed milk powder
Steam the yam chunks at high heat till soft. While still hot, mash the yam till creamy. Then quickly add in the sugar, milk powder and butter and mix till well combined. Let cool and chill in the fridge till needed.
Flaky Spiral Yam Mooncakes:
200g plain flour
15g confectioner's sugar
105ml ice water
Mix everything together and knead till it comes together into a pliable soft dough. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
170g cake flour
1/4 tsp yam essence
some purple food coloring
Mix cake flour, essence and ghee together till it's soft and pliable. Then add the food coloring and knead till the color is uniform. Cover and let rest 20 minutes or chill in fridge till needed.
Divide the water and oil dough into 10 equal portions and roll round. Cover the dough when not using to prevent from drying. Also weigh out 20 portions of 50g yam fillings.
For more details on the making of the dough, please either refer to Carol's recipe or rcheck out my post on Purple Sweet potato Mooncakes for the steps in making them.
Needless to say, I'll be submitting this to this month's Aspiring Bakers #11; "Mid-Autumn Treats!" hosted by Happy Home Baker.
If you have not tried using yam to cook / bake before, all I can say is why not start today? It's down to earth (literally), nutritious, healthy and all so delicious when you incorporate into your meal. So like I said, have a "yam affair", a yummy "yammy" one. :D
Good Day All!