This weekend I made a tangzhong method bread with ham and cheese. I know it seems like I’m constantly making tangzhong bread but it’s actually been a while since I made one. In fact, I completely forgot just how good these breads are. After I finished photographing, I took a bite and before I knew it I had finished off half a loaf. Eek. It was just so soft and delicious, I couldn’t help myself.
I’m been trying to think of new variations of the milk bread which has been my favorite recipe from the tangzhong recipes I’ve found. Since I’ve been making a lot of savory appetizers like pepperoni pizza puffs and bacon puffs, it only made sense to try a cheese and meat combination for the bread.
I worried that this variation might not taste good. The milk bread is a sweet bread and while I’ve seen savory variations on the asian bread, I normally don’t like the savory ones. I reduced the sugar for this recipe so that the bread wouldn’t be too sweet. I really enjoyed the soft fluffy bread with the addition of cheese and ham.
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
½ cup milk
120g tangzhong (click here for making tangzhong)
2 tsp instant yeast
3 tbsp butter (cut into small pieces, softened at room temperature)
1. Combine the flour, salt, sugar and instant yeast in a bowl of a stand mixer. Make a well in the center. Add in all wet ingredients: milk, egg and tangzhong. Fit the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer and begin mixing on medium speed and knead until your dough comes together and then add in the butter and continue kneading. Keep kneading until the dough is smooth, not too sticky on the surface and elastic. I kneaded the dough for about 18-20 minutes. Each mixer may vary.
2. Knead the dough into a ball shape. Take a large bowl and grease with oil. Place dough into greased bowl and cover with a wet towel. Let it proof until it’s doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
3. Transfer to a clean surface. Divide the dough into four equal portions. Knead into balls. Cover with cling wrap, let rest for 15 minutes.
4. Roll out each portion of the dough with a rolling pin into an oval shape. Take one end of the dough and fold to meet the middle of the oval. Take the other end and fold to meet on top.
8. Bake at 330 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes.