I've finished my experiments on the cream cheese bread. In the process, I learnt a little more about bread too.
The whole "story" started when my husband (who's super health conscious...lol...) wanted a healthier version of the nice cream cheese bread. His ideal is to have a bread that does not have too much fats, esp trans fats.
So these are the different experiments I've carried out these few days. I feel like a scientist!
I tried replacing the 250g bread flour with 100g of bread flour and 150g of wholemeal flour. I also replaced the butter with corn oil.
Result: The bread couldn't rise very much during proofing, especially during the second proofing. As a result, the bread was denser than the original Cream Cheese Bread. It resembles more like the wholemeal bread which I started off with, a bit kueh-like.
I thought I've changed too many ingredients in my first experiment, so this time round, I decided to just alter the flour and keep the butter status quo. I replace the 250g bread flour with 200g bread flour and 50g wholemeal flour.
Result: The bread turned out very well (see picture here).
Having got the flour ratio to be ok, I decided to experiment with the butter. Keeping the wholemeal and bread flour ratio as in experiment 2, I replace the butter with corn oil.
Result: The result is similar to my first experiment, a denser bread than it should be.
So from these 3 experiments, I concluded that the butter is the crucial factor in making soft and fluffy bread and cannot be replaced with corn oil just as I like. I may try another version with trans-fat free magarine to see if it can give the same fluffy result as butter. Will document it in my blog later if I do try it.
I didn't bake any bread during the weekend as my 2 daughters are not well. The youngest one has been having fever for 4 days and haven't shown much improvement. Going to bring her to the doctor again tomorrow.
However, I managed to cook the Golden Sesame Prawns for lunch today. This was one of the recipes I've learnt from Gina during the Tekka Tour cum Seafood Cooking Demo.
I also did a simple Sardine Puff using off the shelf frozen prata skin. Great for lazy people like me...lol...