I remember years ago on one of our trips to the land of the kangaroos, the LAM and I went to visit my brother-in-law. I don’t remember much of that visit because I was totally wrecked with nerves seeing that I was meeting members of the LAM’s family for the first time. But what I did remember, was this bread maker sitting on the kitchen counter and a HUGE tub of flour nearby.
My brother-in-law would make a huge loaf of bread a day, and I remember being pretty impressed that he made enough bread to need such a lot of flour.
At that time, I was not very interested in bread-making, and I soon got caught up with other things in life and forgot about it.
Some time early this year, I tried making my first loaf of bread, and I was elated with my success. That spurred me on to trying out other recipes, and the more bread recipes I tried, the more “hooked” by bread-making I became.
Yes, I am now a bread-making convert.
Apart from the satisfaction of watching flour, sugar, salt, a liquid and yeast come together and making something so amazing, I am also 100% convinced that home-made bread is far superior both in taste and quality compared to store-bought ones.
So when I was informed that as part of the competition for the Best Cooking Blog category in the Singapore Blog Awards (Ahem, have you voted for me yet, hehe) this year, I would have to make bread using a bread machine from Panasonic, who is the main sponsor of this category, I was really pleased.
Ah, you mean I would be given a bread machine to play around with?
It’s a bit like taking me to a baking shop and saying, Go play, Diana!!!
I have never used a bread machine before this. I never saw the need to have one, seeing that my mixer can do the kneading of the bread for me.
So, now, I admit, in black and white, my ignorance.
During my trial bake using this machine, I simply followed the instructions, dumped everything into the machine, and – lo and behold – about 3-4 hours later, I had this fresh loaf of bread sitting on my kitchen counter.
I didn’t have to knead anything. Not even once.
And the aroma that was wafting through the house while the bread was baking – gosh, it was driving me mad.
And today, I am sharing with you how I made my first Wu Pao-Chun Champion Toast. Wu Pao-Chun is an award-winning Taiwanese baker and owns bakeries in Taipei City and Kaohsiung in Taiwan.
What is special about this bread is that you get a really soft bread (which many Asians and the LAM love), without having to make a starter dough like a Tangzhong (汤种) bread.
So, I started by measuring the ingredients (except the yeast) and placing them into the bread pan of the bread maker.
Then I placed the bread pan into the machine.
One really brilliant feature of the Panasonic bread maker is that it has a separate yeast dispenser. This means that I add the yeast into the dispenser instead of adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
What is so brilliant about this, you ask? Well, this means that I don’t need to worry about placing salt on one side of the mix, and yeast on the other and pray that the salt does not murder the yeast, causing a flat loaf of bread!!
The yeast dispenser adds the yeast only after the ingredients were well-mixed.
Then all I had to do was to press the menu to select the type of bread I wanted to make – there are 13 menus to choose from – from a basic loaf to whole wheat bread, to bread or pizza dough, to making a dumpling skin dough. This machine even bakes cakes!!
And pressed the “START” button.
And I walked away.
Isn’t this just gorgeous?
It was not easy, but I did wait until the bread had cooled before I sliced into it.
NOM. NOM. NOM.
This bread is so soft and so flavorful!
You can spread jam on this, or use it to make sandwiches. I just ate mine PLAIN. It was that good!
I have been making bread everyday and we no longer buy bread from the stores.
So if you are considering getting a bread maker, stop thinking about it and go get one. I love this Panasonic bread maker to bits, and I am going to be baking a lot more bread and sharing the processes with you!
The bread maker is available for sale at: Best Denki Ngee Ann, Junction 8, Katong, Court Mega Store, Harvey Norman, Isetan, CK Tangs and Takashimaya.
The retail price is at $329 and above store mentions are subject to stock availability. Panasonic Singapore
- 198g fresh milk
- 300g bread flour
- 24g organic raw sugar or caster sugar
- 1 tsp (3g) salt
- 1 tsp (3g) instant dry yeast
- 14g unsalted butter
- Place all the ingredients (except the yeast) in the bread maker.
- Place the yeast in the yeast dispenser.
- Select "Menu 1" for basic bread.
- Press "Start" and let the machine do the work.
- When done, remove from bread maker and allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.
- I made this using a Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker. You may have to change the baking method to suit your machine.