Creamed Sweet Corn Loaf/Bread (Old Dough Method)

by - July 20, 2017

Creamed Sweet Corn Loaf

Sweet Corn Loaf


This Creamed Sweet Corn Loaf is so soft and fluffy.    I used pâte fermentée (pre-fermented dough in French) or sometimes called "old dough" to make this soft and flavourful bread.  Traditionally, bread makers take a portion of the bread dough made and save it overnight for next day baking.  I made it from scratch since I did not have any ready old dough. With this method, the bread is more flavourful and aromatic due to the higher acidity and fermentation gasses produced during the slow fermentation.

Please click on Bread Making Method to understand more details.

It is advisable to read the General Notes before baking.

GENERAL NOTES:

KNEADING TIME
For kneading, please regard the timing provided as an indication only. It is only meant as a guide.  Timing may differ depending on the brand of flour and electric mixer used. The protein content may vary from one brand of flour to another.

OVER KNEADING
Some have experienced the dough breaking during the second proofing.  If that happens it is due to over kneading.  Please stop the machine and check your dough during the final cycle of kneading to ensure that you don't over knead. Every machine is different and there is always a chance of over-kneading when using a machine. You may need to adjust this timing and stop as soon as you reach the window pane stage.

FLOUR
The right flour plays a very important role in bread making.  Usually bread flour content around 11.5 - 13.5% protein, while high gluten flour is around 13.5 - 14.5%.  All purpose flour content less protein around 9 - 11%.  To achieve fluffy, soft and light bread, I used Japan High Gluten Flour in most of my bread baking.  Sources from here and here.

HYDRATION
The liquid measurement given is also a guide.  It is advisable to always reserve some liquid and not add it all in one go.  This would give you the opportunity to adjust if necessary. If dough is too dry, add the reserve liquid one tablespoon at a time until the right consistency.  This is because each flour absorbs water and hydrates differently. 

PROOFING
Please note that the proofing timing may also vary depending on your climate and environment. The humidity and temperature at your place will influence how dough rises.  
If you are unable to judge by just looking at the dough, you can do the finger poke test:
  1. First Proofing:
    • Lightly flour or oil your finger or knuckle, gently poke in the centre of the dough then remove your finger.  If it bounces back immediately without any indentation then it needs more time.
    • If the indentation stays and it doesn’t bounce back or if the dough collapses, then the it is over proved.  
    • If it bounces back just a little, then the dough is ready to be punched down and shaping.
  2. Second Proofing:
    • Lightly press the side of the proved dough with your finger.  If it bounces back immediately without any indentation, it means the dough is under proved and needs more time before baking.
    • If the indentation stays and it doesn’t bounce back, it means it has been over proved.
    • If the indentation slowly bounces back and leave a small indentation, it is ready to bake. 
    • There will be a final burst of rising once the bread is placed to bake in the oven and it is called oven spring. 
WRINKLE TOP OR SHRINKING
If your bread collapses or gets wrinkled on top after removing from oven, it could be because your dough over proved during the second proofing. Please proof your dough until it just reaches or is slightly below the rim of the pan.

BAKING
Do also note that the baking temperature and timing provided are what works for my oven and should also be regarded as a guide only. Every oven behaves a little differently, so please adjust accordingly for your oven.

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Recipe - Creamed Sweet Corn Bread


Yields: 1 Loaf (25 x 12 x 11cm loaf pan)

INGREDIENTS:      

Starter Dough:
60g bread flour (I used Japan High Gluten Flour)
½  tsp sugar
½  tsp instant yeast
39g water

Main Dough:
400g bread flour (I used Japan High Gluten Flour)
230g can creamed sweet corn
1 ¼  tsp yeast
25g brown sugar (add more if you like slightly sweeter)
1½ tsp salt
30g milk powder
40g butter or vegetable oil
1 egg, whisked (use only 40g)
20g water

Egg wash:  Balance of whisked egg from 1 egg above + 1 tbsp water (Optional)

Utensil:  25 x 12 x 11 cm Pullman Loaf Pan

METHOD:

For the Starter Dough:
  1. Combine water, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Then mix in bread flour and knead with your hand for few minutes until smooth and shiny.  Roll into a ball and place in a greased bowl.  Cover with cling film and let it prove for 1 hour in a warm and dark place. 
  2. After 1 hour, place into the refrigerator and use the next day at least after 10 hours or up to 16 hours. 30 minutes before using, take out the sponge dough from refrigerator to return to room temperature.
For the main dough:
  1. Put all main dough ingredients and old dough in a bowl of stand mixer and knead till the dough come together, until achieve window pane stage (the dough at this stage should be able to be pulled and stretched into membrane).
  2. Form the dough into a round ball and let it rise in a warm place for 60 minutes or until double in size in a large greased bowl, covered with cling film or kitchen towel.  I normally leave the dough in the stand mixer’s bowl and cover with kitchen towel.
  3. Punch down the dough to release the air.  Transfer the dough to a clean floured surface then divide into 2 equal portions.
  4. Roll out each dough with a rolling pin into long rectangle shape. Fold the two sides to the centre. Roll flat with rolling pin again. Roll up like swiss roll and place all dough in a pullman loaf pan lining with non-stick baking sheet without lid on.  Let it rise for another 50 -60 minutes or until double in size.
  5. 15 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 190°C.
  6. Brush with egg wash (optional) and bake 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Remove bread to cool on rack completely before slicing.

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