This time, I’m still in the mood of “experimenting with my bread machine to make soft white bread”. The first time I read about this tangzhong method of making bread was from mommyallison’s blog, but I was too lazy to make the tangzhong. I found the idea would be troublesome as there would be an extra step of making the tangzhong paste, so I dropped the idea of even trying.
Until one day, I decided to give it a try when I was running out of idea of making white bread. Well, I could just use the usual recipe, but I really wanted to try something new and wasn’t in the mood of making the same thing that I’ve ever made.
Making bread with tangzhong method has been recommended as the best way to make the bread soft, springy, fluffy, and will last longer even though you don’t store it in the refrigerator. Well, let’s prove it.
What is tangzhong?
The method of making tangzhong was first introduced by Yvonne Chen in her book, and described as: “the secret ingredient which is originated from Japan, to make soft and bouncy bread. It’s actually a kind of flour paste, consists of 1 part of bread flour in 5 parts of water.
How to make tangzhong paste?
- 50gm/ 1/3 cup bread flour
- 250ml/ 1cup water
- Combine flour and water in a saucepan (mix well until the aren’t any lumps)
- Cook in medium low heat, stir consistently with spatula or wooden spoon or whisk
- Wait until the mixture becomes thicker and thicker. Once you see lines appear in the mixture for every stir you make, than it’s done
- Transfer into a clean bowl. Cover with a cling wrap sticking onto the surface of tangzhong to prevent from drying up. Let it cool to room temperature before using it.
- The leftover tangzhong can be stored in freezer up to a few days as long as it doesn’t turn grey. The chilled tangzhong should return to room temperature before adding into other ingredients. I stored my tangzhong paste (in a plastic bag, seal the bag, put the plastic bag in a plastic container) for 2 weeks in my freezer, and it was still very good. I made bread with my let over tanzhong and the bread turned out great.
I made the softest white bread with this tangzhong paste. My mom said it was the best bread ever that came out from my bread machine. Even after 3 days (I always forget to put my bread in fridge), it was still very good ans soft.
Method of making tangzhong white bread (put everyhing in order in the bread machine):
- 1/2 cup milk (I needed to add 2 tsp of milk)
- 120 gr tangzhong (half that I make above)
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour
- 3 tbsp + 2 tsp sugar (put on top of the floor in one side)
- 1/2 tsp salt (put on top of the floor in the other side)
- 2 tsp yeast (make a small hole in the middle of top flour to put the yeast)
Setting: basic, 2 lb, light crust. Slice and enjoy