The last i baked a bread was about 2 months ago, and although i keep wanting to bake a loaf after seeing so many delicious looking recipes put up by Kitchen Corner and Honey Bee Sweets, it didn't happen.
I was eyeing either oats bread or water roux bread. The latter method of bread making seems very popular among many bloggers, and those who tried all gave their thumbs-up. Unfortunately, those recipes that i've seen before seem rather complicated (or so i think) and hence the thought of water roux always put me off. However, Kitchen Corner's recent water roux breads and her simple steps made me more daring to try it out. Finally had a chance to try this out on Saturday night. Alas, it didn't turn out well for me; not the water roux, but my carelessness. I omitted the crucial ingredient in bread-making, which is the YEAST! As i usually write down the recipe, i somehow overlook to put this down, and although it did cross my mind why there's no yeast added, i did not double check the original recipe. Only realised my mistake after the 2nd proofing, sigh, feed the trash bin again. I went to bed very disappointed that night ;-(
Not giving up and with left-over water roux, i tried to make this sandwich bun on Sunday night. The dough rises properly, the bun rises nicely in the oven, towards the last few minutes, the smell of fresh oven-baked bread fills the house, it's like addiction kicking in. Finally, water roux sandwich bun..... and it became our this morning breaky!
50g bread flour
1. Cook 250g water with 50g bread flour at medium low heat, keep stirring until becomes thicken and no lumps left. Cook until 65 deg C, or if you do not have a thermometer, cook until mixture resembles baby porridge.
2. Transfer to clean bowl and cover with cling wrap to prevent skin forming.
3. Water roux can be stored for 2 days, and if colour turn dark grey, to discard.
Sandwich bun (make 9 buns)
195g bread flour
90g plain flour
12g milk powder
30g caster sugar
60g eggs, beaten
75g water roux
45g unsalted butter
1. Put all ingredients in sequence as per bread machine, and use dough function and knead for 30 mins. The BM pre-set kneading time is 20 mins, re-start the dough function and knead for a further 10 mins.
2. Proof for 40 mins in clean bowl cover with cling wrap.
3. Divide dough into 9 portion and shape it into smooth ball shape. Rest for 10 min.
4. Flatten dough and roll into longish shape. Roll it up to a sausage shape and seal tightly.
5. Prepare some water on clean plate and place a kitchen towel over it. Roll the surface of each dough over the damp kitchen towel, followed by rolling it over a bowl of sesame seeds.
6. Place dough on baking tray and let dough proof for 40 mins.
7. Bake at 180 deg C for 15 mins.
8. Sandwich bun is ready to be served with your favourite ingredients.
Update (2 Sept 09):
Yesterday little zak's childcare centre was closed for Teacher's Day, and i took leave to accompany him for the day. I warmed up the bun by heating up the oven at 180 deg C for 5 mins and off the oven, pop in the bun for about 5 mins or so. The bun turns out very soft and with egg mayo, i think it tasted more deli-yummy ;-) A lovely breakfast with my little darling!
The hotdog buns look great! That's better than buying from outside the stall right?! Good job!!
Home-made bread is definitely good! I warmed up the bread this morning, and it's still as soft, and we had egg mayo sandwich bun for our breakfast. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Gonna bake some other bread with the remaining water roux ;-)
Those buns looks delicious, combining with the hot dog, cheese and condiments...really make me want to have a bite, haha!
You have just inspired me to try this water roux bread. You are making me very hungry with your hotdog buns ;)
Such mishaps do happen to avid bakers like us, don't they? Despair not, you're not alone! At least you are still determined to do it well again. Your hotdog bun sure looks very good. I've not been producing nice breads since...since...it's so long I can't even remember now! Well done! Keep it up!
Hi Honey Bee Sweets,
I can offer u one, if u don't mind ;-) The next bread i'm going to try out is your oats-bread, after finishing the remaining water roux (if it's still use-able)!
Hi Happy Homebaker,
I'm always inspired by your fine baking skills, and now it's my turn to inspire u...hahaha. I'm flattered but still look forward to your water roux bread ;-)
Thanks for your compliments. And i love to see more bakes from your blog.
Sometimes, I can be very stubborn, can't sleep, can't get over, get very bothered, when something I baked didn't turn out well. Does other bakers out there feel the same?
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