Flaxseed Potato Bread

Flaxseed Potato Bread // Mono + Co

Of all the root vegetables that I add to my bread recipes, taro is my favourite;  it produces the most lovely white fluffy crumbs.  However, my recipes call for 100g of mashed taro only, at most 150g for each pullman loaf.  I end up with excess taro which becomes a burden to clear lately, as I don’t cook as many meals as before.

Flaxseed Potato Bread // Mono + Co

So I went back to enriching my bread with potatoes.  To make my baking life easier, I don’t even weigh them anymore; I simply use up a small-size potato that I can cup with one hand.

Flaxseed Potato Bread // Mono + Co

To pen this recipe, I weighed 100g of mashed potato for this bake.  But I think the recipe is really forgiving, 135g -150g of potatoes should work too!

Flaxseed Potato Bread // Mono + Co

The first 60-minute bulk proof was completed inside the mixing bowl.  I transfer it to a wooden board to be shaped into a boule.  Since I have time, I let it relax for another 15 minutes before its final shaping.

Flaxseed Potato Bread // Mono + Co

Covered, free from the draft, of course.

Flaxseed Potato Bread // Mono + Co

After final shaping, I transfer it to a Pullman loaf tin that I line with a reusable baking cloth bought from here, no more single-use parchment/baking/greaseproof paper trash!

Flaxseed Potato Bread // Mono + Co

I let the dough take its time to rise to the rim of the loaf tin, then I bake it for 30 minutes at 170C.  Here’s the detailed recipe, below.


Flaxseed Potato Bread 

220g bread flour


100g cooked potatoes, mashed


1/2 teaspoon instant dry yeast


1/4 teaspoon sea salt


2 tablespoons raw honey
1 egg, beaten
30g water*
20g cold butter, cubed
2 tablespoons flaxseeds

* Do not pour all 30g water into the mixer bowl, add water bit by bit, watch the dough closely, stop once the ingredients form a rough ball.

In a mixer bowl, combine bread flour, mashed potatoes, egg, instant yeast, sea salt, raw honey, and water. Turn on the mixer with a dough hook attachment and knead these ingredients on the lowest speed (KA 1) till they come into a ball.  Continue to knead for 3 minutes, then stop the mixer and let the dough sit for at least 10 minutes.

Turn on the mixer again and knead for 1 minute before adding butter cubes one by one while the mixer is running on its lowest speed.  Keep kneading till there are no traces of butter left and the dough has reached windowpane stage.  At this stage, the dough will be extremely pliable and baby-bottom soft. Add flaxseeds and knead for another 1-2 minutes, or until the seeds are well mixed into the dough.

Leave the dough in the mixer bowl for its first proof of 60 minutes.  The dough will rise to double its volume,  punch down to deflate and transfer it to a clean worktop.

Flatten the dough to push out gas trapped inside the dough, either by hand or a rolling pin.  Shape the dough into a boule, let it sit for 15 minutes.

Next, shape it into a log and place it in a bread tin, seam side facing downwards.  Let this sit in a draft-free place to rise for another 50-60 minutes.

When the bread has risen to the rim of the baking tin, bake in a preheated oven at 170C for 30 minutes.  Remove the bread from the pan immediately after baking, and let it cool on a rack completely before slicing or serving.

Store in an airtight container if not consumed immediately, to keep the loaf soft and the crumbs from drying out.

*Wash the reusable baking cloth with dish detergent (or tea seed powder), air-dry completely before stowing them away for next baking session.

Black Sesame Potato Loaf

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Bread yoga time!

I like doing such strange things to my bread when they turn out this soft.  A reminder to myself that this proportion of ingredients works very well.  The crust also browned nicely, largely due to the higher amount of butter.

I have read from somewhere that black sesame seeds are better eaten grounded than as seeds, just like the flaxseeds.  So a white bread recipe incorporating black sesame powder sounds like a good idea given its medicinal benefits.

Although toasting and grounding the seeds wouldn’t take up much time given that this recipe only needs 3 tablespoons of it, I had some ready black sesame powder that I like to eat with my muah chee, so I used that instead.

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BLACK SESAME POTATO BREAD LOAF

200g bread flour
20g top flour
100g potatoes, cooked + mashed
2 tablespoons raw sugar
3 tablespoons ground black sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant yeast
40g unsweetened soy milk
1 small egg (50g)
40g cold butter, cubed

Combine all dry ingredients : bread flour, top flour, sugar, ground black sesame seeds, salt and yeast in a mixer bowl, stir with hand whisk to mix them evenly.  Add cooled mashed potatoes, beaten egg, and soy milk and knead the ingredients with a dough hook into a ball dough on the lowest speed (KA 1).  Stop the mixture and let the dough rest for 15 minutes to let flour absorb the liquid well.

After the dough has rested, turn the mixer on low speed for about 1 minute.  Add the butter cubes one by one with the mixer running.  Knead the dough till window pane stage, then let the dough rest covered in the bowl for 1 hour to expand to twice its size.

After an hour, punch the dough down to deflate it and transfer the slightly sticky dough to a clean and slightly floured worktop.  Flatten dough to push out air bubbles inside the dough. Shape dough and place it inside the bread tin, seam side downwards. Let it proof for another 45 minutes to 1 hour, covered and placed in a draft free place.

Once the dough has rise over and above the brim, bake the bread in a preheated oven at 170C for 30 minutes.  After baking, remove the bread from the tin immediately and allow it to cool completely on a rack before slicing or serving.

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Gruyere Cheese Chia Seed Loaf

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This super soft bread loaf filled with Gruyere cheese cubes are really fluffy, I almost tore the dome top apart from the bread when I was removing the very fragile, steaming hot bread from the tin for cooling. Some part of the cheese melted and got stuck to the sides of the tin.  But luckily, even with a slight tear, exposing the interior of the steaming bread while cooling down did not do too much damage to the texture of the bread.  So the next time when I am adding cheese into the bread dough, I’ll make sure that the cheese are placed towards the center of the bread, where there are ample “cushioning” areas, so that after proofing, the cheese will not end up anywhere near the inner sides of the cake tin.

You might have also noticed that I have used a smaller cake tin instead of the usual bread tin that are taller.  I was thinking of a popover bread design, where the bread has a disproportionately huge crown, hoping that it might look interesting.  Before it went into the oven for baking, I made sure that the bread had risen above the brim, by at least half the height of the cake tin.  After a light misting with water and 30 minutes in the 170C oven, the bread rose further quickly.  As  you can see from the first photo, the crown was indeed bigger than the bread’s lower body.  But alas, the bread was too soft to stand upright for a nice shot.  Even when placed back into its baking tin, the whole loaf simply sank in, not that great a sight on photo too.

But all these doesn’t matter, because the bread was delicious.  The vegetarian Gruyere cheese I added really gave the bread a lovely savory flavor, I am so glad that I cut down on sugar to let the saltiness of the cheese gets through nicely.  I wish I had put in more, not every bite is cheesy though, but not before I figure out how to shape the bread with cheese inside without giving me a ‘meltdown’ incident like this loaf again.


GRUYERE CHEESE CHIA SEED LOAF


200g bread flour
30g oat flour
100g potato, cooked and mashed
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 small egg 50g
40g water
40g cold butter, cubed
2 tablespoons chia seeds
30g Gruyere Cheese**, cubed

** I got my vegetarian Gruyere cheese cultured with non animal rennet from the brand Mainland. I am always looking for yummy vegetarian hard cheese, if you have come across any nice ones, let me know!

In a mixer bowl, combine bread flour, oat flour, yeast, salt and sugar and mix the dry ingredients evenly with a hand whisk.  Add cooled mashed potatoes, beaten egg, and water into the mixture and start the mixer on low speed (KA 1) with a dough hook to start kneading.  Once the ingredients come into a ball dough, stop the mixer and let the dough rest for 15 minutes.

After the dough has rested and the flour has absorb the liquid properly, turn the mixer on again on low speed for about 1 minute, before adding the butter cubes one by one with the mixer running. Knead the dough till window pane stage.  To incorporate chia seeds into the dough using the electric mixer, pour in the chia seeds in a steady stream from a spoon, alternating between speed 1 and 2 till the chia seeds are being mixed uniformly into the dough.  Alternatively, kneading the chia seeds into the dough manually on a clean worktop.  When done, let the dough rest covered in the bowl for 1 hour to expand twice its size.

After an hour, punch the dough down to deflate it and transfer dough to a clean slightly floured worktop.  The dough will be sticky, do not add too much, just enough to prevent hands from sticking to it, deflate dough to squeeze out air bubbles trapped inside.  Roll dough into a ball and flatten it to an oblong dough, arrange chopped cheese on the dough towards the center and roll up the dough to wrap the cheese within and place the rugby shaped dough inside the bread tin, seam side downwards. Let it proof for another 45 minutes to 1 hour, covered and placed in a draft free place.

I baked this in a 8″ x 3.5″ x 3″ rectangular cake tin to create a popover /muffin top proportion bread.  Grease the inner surface well with butter.  The dough rose to the brim within 35 minutes, and higher by 1 hour. Baked at 170C for 30 minutes.  If this is baked in a regular pull man pan, it will take 45 minutes to reach the brim and can be baked in the oven by 1 hour too.  After baking, remove the bread from the tin immediately and allow it to cool completely on a rack before slicing or serving.

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