Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Sweet corn bun and doughnut


This was my third time making sweet corn bun. The first was long long time ago. I didn't remember who's recipe I used, but I remember the process. I used 200 gr corn kernels, the recipe stated to crush half of it and knead it with other ingredients to make the dough. Then combined the other half after the first fermentation. But my already elastic dough became wet again after I added the corn kernels. I had little experience with bread making at that time, it made me confused. I found it difficult to be handled. Despite that difficulty, my bun was surprisingly soft and rose well. 

The second time was about 3 weeks ago. My husband and 3 of my children went to Jogja to visit my sister in law while I had to stay at home with my youngest daughter. I made the buns for welcoming them back home. That time I just used the crushed corn and skip the corn kernel. It was really good. But because I didn't strain the corn then we could feel the hull when we bite the bread. I thought I crushed it too smooth until it resemble sweet corn puree. The puree blended well with other ingredients leaving the hull around the bread.



So this time, I pushed the corn puree through a strainer. I only used the juice and discard the hull. Now, the bread was clean from the hull and just feel like any other bread. It was soft and sweet. The taste of the corn was so light, almost undetectable. You can't probably even notice that there is corn inside it. But surely you will get all the goodness of corn in every bite.

Actually I had some spare corn kernels for the fillings. I wanted to sprinkle the kernels at the shaping stage (after we divide the dough into smaller portions). But my children ate them all. so I just grabbed cheddar cheese instead. Because my children really love doughnut, I used half of the dough to make doughnut. Just like the bread, the doughnut was also really good.

Then, it all depends on you. If you like the corn bites sensation, just crush the corn lightly and also sprinkle some corn kernels as the filling but if you prefers a clean one like the ordinary bread, strain the puree and skip the corn kernels addition.



Ingredients

1 tbs instant yeast
100 ml water
200 gr corn kernels, steamed
500 gr bread flour
3 tbs milk powder
100 gr sugar
2 egg yolks
3 tbs oil or 50 gr butter/margarine
1/2 tsp salt
50 gr extra bread flour, use as needed
50 ml extra water, use as needed
grated cheddar cheese for filling and sprinkling
1 egg yolk for the egg wash


Method

  • Dissolve yeast in 50 ml warm water. Set aside.
  • Blend  corn with another 50 ml water. Strain and discard the hull.
  • Combine corn, flour, milk powder, sugar, and yolks with a wooden spoon.
  • When the yeast is already frothy, pour it into the mixture and knead until all are well blended. We can use the mixer with dough hook or just our hand.
  • Add oil or margarine/butter if you like and salt and knead again until the dough is elastic. Drop extra flour and or water little by little if the dough seems to wet or dry.
  • Round the dough into a big ball and put in the greased big bowl. Cover with cling wrap or damp tea towel and let rise until double in size for about 60 minutes.
  • Punch the dough. Knead again briefly.
  • cut the dough into 35 gr each, roll it into a ball and place it in a greased 22x22 cm baking tin.  It yield 16 buns. Set aside the rest of the dough for doughnut.
  • Flatten the dough, fill with the filling and roll it again.
  • Cover and let rise again for another 60 minutes or so.
  • Take the rest of the dough. Roll it out with a rolling pin. Cut using mini doughnut cutter. Place the doughnut on a greased baking tray. Cover .
  • Heat oil on the frying pan. Fry doughnut on a low heat until golden brown.
  • Back to the bread. Heat the oven. Brush the bread with egg yolk and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese. Bake until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!


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