Pandan Chocolate Milk Loaf (Tangzhong Method)

by - January 08, 2018

Pandan Chocolate Milk Loaf

Pandan Chocolate Milk Loaf


My family eat a lot of bread and this gives me the opportunity to experiment with a variety of recipes with the confidence that it won’t ever go wasted! 

This Pandan Chocolate Milk Loaf is the result of one of my experiments and it happens to be my Sister-in-Law’s favourite. I like this very much too as it looks attractive, the texture is soft and the aroma of pandan is just so delicious.

I made this Pandan Chocolate Milk Loaf using Tangzhong method.  Tangzhong method is quite similar to Yudane method.  Both methods are scalding method. For Tangzhong method, a small portion of dough is cooked over the fire.   

Please click here to see the differences between  Yudane vs Tangzhong Method. 

It is advisable to read the below general notes before starting 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.

If you have any questions regarding this recipe or any other post, please leave me a comment in the “LEAVE A COMMENT” link and I will reply you as soon as possible.

Recipe - Pandan Chocolate Milk Loaf  (Tangzhong Method)


Yields:  1 loaf

INGREDIENTS:

Tangzhong:
40g bread flour
192g water

Pandan Dough:
160g bread flour
½ tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp milk powder
¼ tsp salt
15g butter
15g whished egg
52g pandan juice (blend 100g water with 10 pandan leaves, squeeze the juice and leave it overnight in the fridge and use the bottom concentrated juice)

Chocolate and Milk Dough:
320g bread flour
1 tsp instant yeast
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp milk powder
¾ tsp salt
30g butter
35g whished egg
105g fresh milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Utensil:
25 X 12 X 11 cm loaf pan

METHOD:

How to make Tangzhong:
  1. In a sauce pan, combine flour and water.  Mix with whisk or spatula until no lumps. 
  2. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring consistently until the mixture becomes thicker.  Once you see some lines appear, it is ready.
  3. Remove from heat and transfer to a clean bowl to let it cool.  

Bread:
  1. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Pandan Dough:  
    1. Add all ingredients (except butter) and one quarter of tangzhong) into the bowl of stand mixer. Using the dough hook, knead for 3-5 minutes (Chef Kenwood mixer, speed 2.5) until the dough comes together. Add in butter and continue kneading for another 12 - 15 minutes until the dough comes together, become elastic and reaches window pane stage. 
    2. Let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour 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. Chocolate Milk Dough:  
    1. Repeat the same for chocolate milk dough ingredients except for cocoa powder.  
    2. After kneading process complete, take out half portion of the dough and rest in a bowl.  Add the cocoa powder in the mixing bowl with balance of the dough.  Continue kneading until the cocoa powder well combined. 
    3. Let them rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until double in size.
  4. Punch down the pandan dough to release the air. Transfer the dough to a clean floured surface then form it into a strand (about 12 inch long). Repeat the same to chocolate and milk dough. 
  5. Braid them together and place the braided dough into the prepared baking pan.  Let it proof for another 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
  6. Preheat oven at 190C (top & bottom heat) 170C (fan-forced)  for 10 - 15 minutes.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.




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8 comments

  1. Thank you for this plaited soft sweet loaf. Made it many times. Always a crowd pleaser with it’s pretty colours.

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    1. Hi Mei,

      Thank you for trying this recipe. I am so happy to hear this.

      Cheers & happy baking :)

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  2. This recipe looks amazing! Is there a substitute for milk powder?

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    1. Hi, thank for your question. You can omit milk powder.
      Cheers :)

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  3. Hi Mei, this bread looks lovely! I'm looking to make a pandan and chocolate bread and found your post. But after reading your 'Yudane vs Tangzhong method' post at the top, I would like to try making this with the yudane method as I've never tried that (I've made Hokkaido milk bread with the tangzhong method). I have checked out your recipe posts with the Yudane method but the quantities are different and I don't want to risk making a mistake, what would you suggest/advise? Thank you!

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    1. Hi, thanks for visiting and reading.
      First of all, what is your pan size?

      This recipe above is for 25 X 12 X 11 cm loaf pan..

      I usually use 450g Loaf pan (20 X 10 X 10 cm) or (8" X 4" X 4") for my Japanese Soft Bread recipe. Total flour could be 325g, 350g or 365g.. depend on how tall you want the bread.

      If your loaf pan is 450g, then just use that recipe.

      Cheers.. I hope this helps :)

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  4. Thanks Yeanley, for your very quick reply! Sorry I got your name wrong before (I looked at one of the above comments and mistakenly thought that was your name).
    I have 2 loaf pans; a bigger one (29 x 10.5 x 7) and a smaller one (21.5 x 11 x 6). I was thinking to use the bigger one. I suppose I'll just calculate for the amounts in your Yudane post (20% of flour) right?
    Thank you again!
    Cheers!

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    1. No worry :) Yes, just convert the above recipe to Yudane method.
      Cheers :)

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