It's almost a year since made this bread. Though it was soft and fluffy, I didn't make it anymore cos I thought it does not keep well.
KWF the forummer who first posted the recipe mentioned that the problem could lie in my cream cheese, rather than the recipe. So I decided to have another go.
Apart from using a different cream cheese, I also added some wholemeal flour. Just a little, so as to retain the soft & fluffy texture.
WHOLEMEAL CREAM CHEESE BREAD
220g bread flour *
30g wholemeal flour *
10g powder milk
2g salt *
2g dry yeast (1/2 tsp) *
50g cream cheese spread *
- Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl until well blended.
- Add in the wet ingredients to form a dough.
- Knead dough until dough is elastic and smooth.
- Place it in a large greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or cling-wrap and leave it to proof in a warm place till double in size (about 1 hr).
- When proofing is completed, punch down the bread dough to release the air.
- Divide the dough into 50-60g, and let it rest for 10min. Shape the dough into rounds and place into a 6" pan. Cpver with a cling film & leave to proof until double its size again (about 30-45 minutes).
- Bake in preheated oven at 170C for 30 minutes.
- Remove bread from loaf pan to cool completely.
* changes that I made to the recipe:
- Instead of 250g bread flour - I used 220g bread+30g wholemeal to add some nutrient.
- I used cream cheese spread instead of cream cheese cos that's what I have at home.
- Since cream cheese spread is very salty, I reduce the salt to 2g (original 3g)
- I usually have some problem with yeasty smell in bread, so I reduce the amount of yeast slightly.
- it is truly soft and fluffy, the little wholemeal added some sense of wholesome eating while making it more acceptable for my family who not so keen in eating healthy!
- I didn't manage to check if the bread turned sour cos I brought the loaf to work and my colleague all wallop all in 30minutes! All of them eat and node their head... you got it?
This one below is taken at night without flash:
Just a bit sidetrack to photography, I taken 3 pix of the same bread under different lighting condition. The first pix right on top was taken at night using flash.
And the final one was taken in the day with natural day light:
While most photographer will say natural lighting is best, but my favourite is actually the night flash one - I find that shows the brown shiny top best!