Old School Butter & Sugar Pull Apart Bread 牛油砂糖面包
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 5
For the Overnight Dough:
  • 100g bread flour
  • 70g boiling water

For the Bread Dough
  • 300g bread flour
  • 100g plain flour
  • 80g sugar
  • 20g milk powder
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 175g cold water
  • 60g butter

  • some butter cubes (around 3-4g per piece)
  • some sugar
  • 1 egg yolk (for brushing)
  1. Prepare the overnight dough by combining the boiling water and bread flour. Wrap it with a cling wrap and leave it overnight in the fridge.
  2. Add the bread flour, plain flour, sugar, milk powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Create a dent in the middle of the flour and add in the yeast. Mix well for approximately 30 seconds on low speed.
  3. Add in the water slowly before adding the egg. Beat on low to medium speed till a rough dough is formed.
  4. Add in the overnight dough and beat till it is well combined.
  5. Add in the butter and beat till an elastic dough is formed (when the dough can be stretched thinly).
  6. Remove the dough and further knead the dough with hands on a floured surface for approximately another 1 minute. Set it aside in a mixing bowl to allow it to proof for 40 minutes. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth while proofing.
  7. When the dough has expanded or doubled in volume, punch it gently to release the air.
  8. Separate the dough into 12 portions and set it aside for approximately 10 minutes.
  9. Further divide each dough into 30g each and place them in a 8 inch greased square tin. Continue until all the rest of the dough are used up.
  10. Allow the bread dough in the tin to proof further for another 40 minutes. To speed up proofing, you can add some boiling water in a bowl and place the tin over it and leave them in an enclosed area, such as in the microwave or oven (without power on). When the dough has doubled in size or touching each other, make a slit in the middle of each piece of bread.
  11. Add in a small piece of butter cube in each slit, egg wash the bread and sprinkle generously with sugar on top.
  12. Bake it in the pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for around 20 minutes or until golden brown. Unmould when the bread has cooled slightly. Serve hot and enjoy !
Salt will inhibits yeast growth. Hence, creating a dent or well in the middle of the flours while adding the yeast is to prevent it from direct interaction with the salt and "killing" the yeast. Place the salt at one corner in the mixing bowl can help to prevent that as well.
Recipe by Eat What Tonight at https://eatwhattonight.com/2016/10/old-school-butter-sugar-pull-apart-bread/