As I walked towards school that faithful morning, the sweet, refreshing, lovely aroma of yeast-and-sugar-and-flour… oh…oh…that heavenly smell I wished I could bottle up to form some airspray (or sth similar)… swam into my nose, tempting me to inch my way into the old-school bakery.
“Boss, your bread is so good! Please! Take me as your disciple! I’m willing to work hard! I promise!”
The stern, lethargic, old man hesitated. He looked into my eyes. “I see your earnesty, young girl. I shall agree to your request…”
“QITING WAKE UP WAKE UP YOU’RE GOING TO BE LATE FOR SCHOOL!!!!”
Bleary- eyed, I aroused from my sleep. God, it was so real! Ha, I almost thought I was about to become a potential bread master. Gosh I was dreaming…
But not really.
In the comfort (squeeziness/cosiness) of the tiny (1m x 1m) kitchen, I conjured up a loaf of bread with yam paste so similar to that awesome bakery I almost ALMOST cried with joy! Oh the deliciousness! Oh the awesomeness! Oh…oh…oh… I need a pill for overreactivity.
No I don’t. Anyway, here’s the recipe. For my ugly looking but heavenly bread.
Yam Swirl Bread
|Yam (steamed and mashed)||½ cup|
|Maltose (ultra thick liquid form)||5 tbs|
Mix all ingredients together until smooth with a fork or in a blender.
|Mocha/chocolate paste (optional)||1 tsp|
1. Mix together dry ingredient evenly in a large bowl. Add all liquids and stir to form dough. Knead into soft and elastic dough (pass windowpane test). Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a wet cloth. Let dough rise for 1 hour (till 2.5 times bigger)
2. Roll the dough into a ball and let stand (with wet cloth covering) for 10 minutes.
Preparing the pan (skip if you think chocolate affects the taste—spray oil instead)
|Applesauce||1 tbs (or more depending on size of pan)|
|Cocoa powder||1 tbs (or more depending on size of pan)|
4. Use your CLEAN fingers or a pastry brush to spread some applesauce on the interior of the baking pan(s)
5. Using a sieve, or your fingers, sift/ sprinkle the cocoa powder to cover all the spread applesauce. (Applesauce ≈ butter & Cocoa powder ≈ flour)
|Whole Egg||1 tbs|
|Sesame seeds (optional)||1 tbs|
Roll out the dough into a rectangle (2:1). Spread the yam paste on the middle of the dough. Wrap both ends of the dough over to cover the yam paste completely. Seal the edges tightly.
Gently roll dough from one of the shorter ends like a Swiss roll. Place it carefully into a loaf-pan
Let rise for 60 minutes or until 1.5-2 times larger in size.
Brush egg wash on the top. Top with some sesame seeds (optional)
Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes at 190°C.
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