Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Two Colour Milk Bread

I was browsing through Tastespotting one evening when I came across this recipe posted by Anh of A Food Lover's Journey . Anh recently did a posting on inspirational things that was green in colour and this bread recipe was included. I immediately zoomed in on the colour, which was so eye catching, so intensely green and it had one of my favourite flavours as well - pandan.

Pandan bread 4

I decided that I would try it out over the weekend. To make the loaf stand out even more, I used green and pink as the alternating colour to each quarter. (I think my niece would love this!) The colours came out extremely well ... in fact you could probably have spotted this loaf of bread from the neighbour's apartment block. I was anticipating that the loaf would turn out soft, like some milk buns I've eaten before. Unfortunately it was not the case. It was good whilst the bread was warm from the oven but after it had cooled down, I found it to be somewhat heavy. I also think that the pandan flavour would have fared better if it had been mixed with coconut instead of milk. I always say, "you never know until you try it out".

Two Colour Milk Bread
Makes 1 large loaf


260g fresh milk
1 egg
65g caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
500g bread flour (and a bit more to knead)
2 tsp Instant yeast
70g butter (unsalted) - at room temperature
2 tsp pandan paste (available from Asian store)
1 tsp rose water
1 - 2 tsp pink colouring


1) Mix together all the ingredients (except for the pandan paste) in a bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined.

2) Divide the dough into two portions. Add the pandan paste into one portion, knead well floured surface until the dough is elastic and the color distribute evenly (around 10 mins). Use more flour if the dough is too sticky, but try not to add too much. For the other portion of dough, add the rose water and colouring, and knead until elastic. (I used my KitchenAid to do the kneading for each portion and this took about 6 - 8 mins)

3) Put the dough in two separated bowl. Cover and let it ferment until doubled in size.

4) Divide each dough into 4 portions each (or more depending on the size of your loaf pan). Cover and rest for 10 mins.

5) Lightly grease a loaf pan.

6) Put the pieces of dough in alternate color layers

Pandan bread 1

7) Cover and let the dough rest until doubled in size (about 40-60 mins).

8) Bake in the preheated oven of 180C until done (around 30-40 mins). The bread is cooked through if there is a hollow sound when knocking at the bottom of the bread.


Pandan bread 5


The Duo Dishes said...

Such bright, vibrant colors. Looks like a fun way to eat bread.

tigerfish said...

I remember eating similar when I was a kid.

yours deliciously said...

Am sure my little nieces would love to have some of these.

busygran said...

Lovely colour combination...too lovely to eat.

Anh said...

Thanks for trying the recipe out. Sorry to hear that it's not as soft as you want. I think for the softer bread, you would want to mix in some cake flour like the basic bun dough by Alex Goh? (but also the flour, too.

Cherine said...

What a beautiful bread!

ICook4Fun said...

oooooooo this is so pretty! I love the vibrant colors. Maybe the next time you can try using the Tang Zhong method as it always produce very softer bread.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Technicolor bread!!! Jo, I can't stop staring. It's psychedelic. :) Yeah baby, yeah! Awesome.

Food For Tots said...

So colourful and eye-catching! Definitely a hit among the kids!

ann low said...

This is really a bread? Looks like a cake to me. Very beautiful!

Angie's Recipes said...

wow....I love this bread...looks so fun to eat!

pigpigscorner said...

I love the colours! So pretty!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the colors are so vibrant, incredible!

Anonymous said...

Your bread is so colourful and vibrant!

Anonymous said...

How fun! I have never seen coloured bread before.

shaz said...

Whoa, that is soo colourful. And so symetrical too!

Jo said...

Hi all, thanks for dropping by and I knew you would get a blast out of the colours. Haha .. I have to wear my shades every time I go through this post. So glad you liked it.

TaGa_Luto said...

Wow!!! this is beautiful! Can i use pandan extract?

Jo said...

Hi TaGa Luto, yes you can use pandan extract as a substitute.

hanushi said...

A vibrant and colourful loaf of bread. Great job! :)

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