i discovered the technique by accident. i was trying to find a conversion table for ingredients so that i could convert a recipe in ounces to grams when i stumbled upon the website christens recipes. while looking at some of her recipes, i found the tangzhong recipes and bookmarked the page for a day when i had the time to test the recipe. for all of you that know me, you know that i can bake-i do it for a living but bread is not my specialty and as much as i have worked with bread, it still intimidates me. well, after making two loaves with this technique, i may not ever be scared again!
my first batch of tanzhong bread, hokkaido milk bread using the recipe
found on kirbie cravings
my second batch was a multi grain loaf from une-deux senses
look at the beautiful crumb of this bread! so light and moist and easy to slice. wait until the next day and you will get picture perfect slices-no one will believe you made this at home! the best part, no chemicals, no stabilizers or conditioners and nothing artificial! the extra boost in moisture from the tangzhong helps to keep the bread fresh. the only thing i would suggest, if you do not like your bread to taste sweet, cut the sugar. for the multi grain loaf, i reduced it from 3 tablespoons to 2 and i like it much better than the white loaf. the white loaf is still very good, just not my first choice for a savory sandwich but i bet it would make great french toast!
since there are several important steps to take when making this style of bread, i am not printing the recipes here but rather including the links to the websites i used. on all of these pages, you will find valuable information along with detailed step by step photos that would do so much better than anything i could post here so i encourage you to use these sites and make a batch of wonderful bread!
kirbie cravings-milk bread
une deux sensés-multi grain bread
christine's recipes-bacon and cheese bread
65c bread doctor by yvonne chen
a big thanks to noor for such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. feeling brave, bake a loaf and head over to ya salam cooking and join in on the fun!