Vegan Pandan Bread (Old Dough Method)

by - June 08, 2020

I just received my new Chefmade non-stick loaf pan. It made baking a lot easier as there is no need to line the loaf pan like I would usually.  This bread is made using the old dough method and I found that the crumb is smaller compare to the bread made from Yudane method.  The texture is very soft too.   Kindly refer here if you'd like more information on the Old Dough Method.

Pandan juice can be replaced with butterfly pea flower extract or water if you do not like pandan.

It is advisable to read the general notes at the end of posts before starting baking.

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Vegan Pandan Bread - Old Dough Method

Yields: 2 small loaves in a 450g loaf pan

Total Flour: 365g


Old Dough:
110g bread flour
70g water
1/4  tsp instant yeast
1/4 tsp sugar
Pinch of salt

Main Dough:
255g bread flour
3/4 tsp instant yeast
40g brown sugar (add more if you like slightly sweeter)
1 1/8 tsp salt
35g flavourless vegetable oil or coconut oil (better with flavourless vegetables oil)
150 - 160g pandan juice (Blend 50g pandan leaves + 160g water), reserve 10g of juice and add in later if too dry.

I used coconut oil and found that it over powered the pandan aroma.

450g loaf pan (8X4X4")


For the Old Dough:
  1. Combine water, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Then add in bread flour and knead with your hand until smooth.  Roll into a ball and place in a greased bowl.  Cover with cling film and let it ferment for 12 - 16 hours in cool place or  air-conditioned room if you live in a hot climate.
You may also let it proof 1 hour in room temperature (hot climate). After 1 hour, place into the refrigerator for 24 - 36 hours.  Take out the old dough from refrigerator to return to room temperature 30 minutes before using.

For the main dough:
  1. Put all main dough ingredients (except oil) and all the old dough in a bowl of stand mixer and knead for about 5 minutes or till the dough comes together. Add in the oil and continue kneading for another 12 - 14 minutes or until achieve window pane stage (the dough at this stage should be able to be pulled and stretched into membrane).  During the whole kneading process, I stopped few times to prevent the motor from overheating.  
  2. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 45 - 60 minutes until double in size.  I usually left it in the same mixing bowl and covered.
  3. Punch down the dough to release the air. Transfer the dough to a clean floured surface then divide into 2 equal portions.  Please use a kitchen scale if you want to be exact.
  4. Form each portion to a ball.  Flatten with rolling pin.  Fold right to centre and fold left overlap it.  Roll out with rolling pin into long rectangle shape. Roll up the dough like Swiss Roll until a small log is formed. 
  5. Place all dough in the loaf pan.  Let it rise for another 30 - 45minutes or until dough rise slightly above the pan's rim.
  6. 10 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 190°C.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 28 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown.  
  8. Remove bread from oven and let it cool on rack completely before slicing.
General Notes:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 your dough rises.
  4. 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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