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Smooth, Light and Rich Bread Made With a Bread Machine

Smooth, Light and Rich Bread Made With a Bread Machine

How about a rich bread like this once in a while? This moist, light bread is packed with milk and butter.

Ingredients: a 1.5, (1) or [1-loaf bread-machine] loaf

Bread (strong) flour
350g (230g) [180g]
Joshinko flour
45g (30g) [2 g]
Egg
1 (1) [1]
Milk - measured with the egg listed above
270ml (170ml) [140ml]
Sugar
30 g (20 g) [16 g]
Unsalted butter
45g (30g) [24g]
Salt
5 g (4g) [3g]
Dry yeast
5 g (3g) [2.5g]

Steps

1. Put all the ingredients in the bread machine, and choose the 'soft bread' option or the 'light crust' option and press start.
2. If you are baking this in a bread pan: After the 1st rising is done, lightly deflate the dough, divide it into 4 portions and leave to rest for 15 minutes, taking care not to let it dry out.
3. Once again deflate the dough, and round off neatly. Place the dough balls with the seam sides down in a bread pan, and let rise again (2nd rise) at 35°C for about 40 minutes (until the dough rises up to about the rim of the pan).
4. Make a rather deep slash on top, and top the slash with butter. Bake the bread at 180 °C for 30 minutes. I'm not good at slashing bread, so I just cut it with kitchen scissors.
5. When it's finished baking, drop the pan from about a 30cm height onto your countertop to release the steam, then remove the loaf from the pan. It's soft, fluffy and moist.
6. If using a 1.5 loaf size bread machine to bake this: If you have a 1.5 loaf size bread machine, use the ingredient amounts listed for a 1 loaf. In the machine. This dough rises up very well, so if you use the 1.5 loaf amounts it will turn out like this.
7. If using a 1 loaf size bread machine to bake this: If you have a 1-loaf size bread machine, use the amounts indicated in [ ] brackets. Of course you can use the 1-loaf amounts, take the dough out and bake it in the oven instead.
8. I made crisscross cuts in the dough after the 2nd rise using kitchen scissors, and placed pats of butter in the cuts.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to eat a moist, rich bread...
I put lots of butter on top too so it's a bit high in calories.