Monday, February 4, 2013

Chai Milk Bread Recipe


The aroma of Chai tea is mesmerizing. A perfect beverage for the holiday season and those cold winter nights. Chai tea makes a wonderful bread too.

Ingredients Measure Metric
Day Before

Bread flour 4 cups 960 ml
Powdered Milk 2 tablespoons 30 ml
Water 1 1/2 cups 360 ml
Instant yeast 1/2 teaspoon 2.5 ml
Salt 1 teaspoon 5 ml
Day of

Bread flour 1 1/2 - 2 cups 360 - 480 ml
Milk powder 1/4 cup 60 ml
Salt 1/2 teaspoon 2.5 ml
Sugar 1/2 cup 120 ml
Egg ( beaten ) 1 1
Butter 1/4 cup 60 ml
Chai tea 1/2 cup 120 ml
instant yeast 1 teaspoon 5 ml

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Place all the night before ingredients into a bowl and mix till smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit for 1 hour, then place into the fridge for 12 - 16 hours.
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Next day remove the dough and allow to sit for 1 - 2 hours on the counter. In a separate bowl add the butter, powder milk, egg, sugar, salt and mix together. Add in the warm Chai tea and mix.
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Remove the "day before" dough and cut into small pieces. Mixed into the bowl with the Chai tea mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon.
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Add in the instant yeast and mix. Start to add in the flour, about a 1/2 cup at a time.
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When the dough becomes to hard to mix in the bowl, sprinkle a little flour onto a flat surface and begin to knead the dough. Adding more flour as needed till you have a smooth and elastic dough ( about 10 - 15 minutes ). Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Turn the dough over a few times till all the dough is lightly coated with the oil. Allow to rest till double in size or about 1 hour.
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Remove dough from bowl and deflate the gas from the dough. Cut the dough into 6 equal pieces. I like to use a scale to be sure each piece weighs the same.
Place 3 pieces of dough into the 2 lightly greased loaf pans. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit till the dough has risen to double it's size. Sprinkle some flour ontop of the dough. Bake in a preheated 350F or 176C for about 30 - 35 minutes. Remove from oven and remove from the loaf pans and place onto a wire rack to cool.

Source:  Chuck

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