August 9, 2008

Soft like Cotton Sweet Corn Bread

I've not been baking sweet breads for some time so I decided to try my hands at one of the recipe from this popular chinese bread recipe cookbook - 孟老师的100道面包 which I've just acquired recently. This book boosts a collection of simple, easy-to-follow recipes with just the right proportion for home baking ovens without having to reduce the proportion of the recipes.

There are quite a number of recipes in this book using sponge starters. As i did not want to spend too much time on that day, I choose a relatively straight forward recipe with simple shaping method as well. Here goes, sweet corn bread! This recipe was originally a milk bread with sweet corns. I wanted the bread to have a more intense sweet corn flavour, resembling those sold in confectionaries or the Gardenia sweet corn loaf . I thought replacing the milk with cream of sweet corn soup instead should be fine, but I was afraid the soup would be too creamy for bread making. In the end, I came up with this idea of replacing with those instant campbell sweet corn soup, where you just need to add boiling water to a sachet and stir.

Guess what, the bread turned out to be so soft and fluffy like cotton! The dough was rather sticky to handle, but it was worth all the effort. :) Well, I guess the cream/milk had somehow contributed to its texture, just like in the hokkaido milk loaf recipe, which I recalled also having a very sticky texture.

Sweet Corn Bread

  • 200g bread flour
  • 35g castor sugar
  • 35g beaten eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3g instant yeast
  • 100g instant creamy corn soup (Original recipe uses 100g milk)
  • 15g unsalted butter
  • 80g corn kernels, drained

  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, yeast and corn soup in a stand mixer and beat until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is smooth and shiny.
  2. Add butter and continue beating until dough is smooth, elastic and can be stretched to form an opaque thin film without breaking (passes the window pane test).
  3. Add corn kernels and beat using slow speed to mix in the corn kernels.
  4. Form dough into a ball, placed in a large mixing bowl and let proof for about 80 minutes.
  5. Release the air, divide dough into five portions and round them into balls.
  6. Placed rounded dough into a tube pan, spaced evenly and let it proof for another 40 minutes.
  7. Glaze with egg wash, bake in preheated oven of 180°C for about 25 minutes.

Note: I used my breadmaker to knead the dough - Placed ingredients according to following sequence: corn soup, sugar, salt, eggs flour, yeast (just make sure to add in wet ingredients first, followed by dry ingredients, and yeast last, as you do not want the salt and yeast to come into contact). After 15 minutes, add in butter and finally corn kernels. I set to dough function and kneaded for 30 minutes.

Do drain the corn kernels well and pat dry it with paper towels.

Recipe Source: 孟老师的100道面包


Happy Homebaker said...

wow, this bread looks real soft! Can I have one please??

Aimei said...

yea it's very soft! No prob! In fact your bakes are more tantalising to me. Maybe we can exchange some day. Hehe ;)

Yan said...

my fav corn bread. yumz. goes well with nice cuppa of tea O. may i have a loaf pls. =p

Aimei said...

Thanks Yan! Sure I would love to share! :P

Yuri said...

bread looks so soft! so, did you get the intense sweet corn flavour which you were looking for? I'll try your recipe this weekend :)

Aimei said...

Hi Yuri, I thought the bread would be salty cos of the corn soup it's just nice. :) The sweet corn flavour is not very intense but it does have some sweet corn flavour instead of the original recipe which is just milk bread with sweet corn; and the colour of the bread is yellow in colour, looks more sweet corn. :)

10 said...

Hi Aimei,
Thanks for sharing the recipe, I love sweet corn bread. I have this can of creamed corn in the fridge which I'm thinking of ways to use up. Think I could add it in? How will it modify the recipe?

Aimei said...

Hi 10,

I'm not too sure if it will affect the recipe cos' I've used corn soup too but mine was the more diluted form and it turned out fine. I guess the dough will be very sticky if you used creamed corn, but whether will it work I'm afraid I do not knw too. Hee... sorry! Maybe you can give it a try. :)

Barbi said...

Oh this looks so good! I am adding this to the top of my "Recipes to try" list. Yum!

Aimei said...

Hi Barbi,

Yes, it's really soft. Do try it! :D Thanks for visitig for blog. :D

Anonymous said...

Would love to try this recipe, but can someone tell me what castor sugar is? And what the corn soup would compare to in the USA. Would that be canned concentrated corn soup? Thank you, Mary Beth

Aimei said...

Hi Mary Beth,

Castor sugar is known as superfine sugar in the US (I found it from the web). It is a very fine sugar (but not icing sugar) and sometimes also spell as caster sugar.

Canned concentrated corn soup should be very thick and I'm not sure whether that would work as the corn soup I used was the instant version which you just need to pour boiling water so it's quite diluted. Probably you can use canned corn soup but make it more diluted. It need not be too watery but around the consistency of dairy cream or milk.

Sorry I've not tried cocentrated soup before so can't offer much advice. Hope it'll work. :)