I'm a carbo addict and I can eat bread every day. No kidding! Aaahhhh...all the white stuff ain't necessarily good for you, but when taken in moderation, it should be ok, no? (I'm still working on the meaning of moderation, though hehehe).
These couple of months, I've been baking bread; mostly sweet Asian style buns like these ones, red bean buns, pizza bread and Mexican buns aka rotiboy! I bake them mostly on weeknights, for work/school the next day.
After trying numerous recipes, I found this recipe to be the best; Wonderfully Soft Bread from Mamafami's blog. I've since adapted this recipe for most all the sweet buns that I bake; just add different filliings or topping to this basic recipe.
You can bake them as rolls, or be more adventurous and tie them into knots or braids. The shaping part is fun! Feels like a little child again, fooling around with play-dough!
Here's the recipe, originally posted here and translated by Florence.
*update* I forgot to include that I use my KA stand mixer (with hook attachment) or breadmaker for kneading, thus I don't actually do any kneading! Just dump the ingredients listed from first to last (except butter) and let the machines do their work. Just as the dough comes together, add the butter. If you're using a stand mixer, this process takes about 25 mins.
Wonderfully Soft BreadIngredients:
310g bread flour
60g cake flour
40g Nestle CoffeeMate
115ml skim milk
20g condensed milk
55g castor sugar
7g instant yeast
1 egg + 2 egg yolks
40g butter (room temperature)
Egg Glace: 1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tsp water
1. Sieve flour mixture into a large mixing bowl.
2. Make a well in the middle of flour mixture and add in all the rest of ingredients except butter.
3. Mix till a dough is formed and knead in the butter till you get a smooth dough.
4. Prove dough for 50 minutes or till double in size.
5. Divide dough into 12 portions of 60g each and shape it or wrap in the filling. Prove for another 50 minutes or till double in size.
6. Brush with egg wash and bake at 190C for 15 minutes or till cooked.