Soy bread by blogger Lucy Parissi, aka Supergolden Bakes. Makes 1 Large, 2 medium or 6 mini loaves
- Preparation Time5 mins
- Cooking Time20 mins
- 35ml milk + 1 tbsp
- 100ml water + 1 tbsp
- 2 tbsp Kikkoman less salt soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Kikkoman teriyaki marinade
- 75g fine cornmeal (polenta)
- 50g butter
- 2 heaped tbsp black treacle
- 2 tsp instant dried yeast
- 100ml water + 1 tbsp
- 450 strong bread flour (more if needed)
- 50g light brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water for glazing
- Sesame seeds (optional)
Put the milk, soy, teriyaki and water in a small pot and bring to the boil. Add the cornmeal and stir with a wooden spoon until it thickens. Turn the heat off and add the butter and treacle - beat together with a wooden spoon until well combined. Set aside to cool.
Put the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in the mixing bowl of your stand mixer. Stir to combine then add the water. Mix on lowest speed (using the dough hook) then gradually add the cornmeal mix. Continue to mix on low speed for about 5 minutes until the dough forms a ball around the hook.
To make by hand:put the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Mix together then add the water. Stir together with a wooden spoon then add the cornmeal mix. Coat your hands with oil then knead for about 10 minutes. The dough should be elastic and soft - try to avoid adding more flour unless it's very sticky.
Form the dough into a ball and put in a large oiled bowl. Cover and let it rise for about an hour (or up to 2). It will rise to roughly twice the original size.
Line a large tray with baking paper and sprinkle with semolina or cornmeal.Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knock it back. Shape into a long sausage shape then cut into 6 equal pieces (or just shape into one large loaf). Roll each piece into a ball and place, spaced apart, on the tray. Loosely cover with a plastic bag and let them rise again for 1-2h (depending on how warm it is).
Brush the loaves with the egg wash and slash the tops 2 -3 times with a sharp knife. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if using.
Place an empty tray at the bottom of the oven and preheat at 180°C/350°F for at least 20m. Place the bread on the middle self and throw a handful of ice cubes into the bottom tray. Keep an eye on the bread as it tends to colour quickly - if the crust is getting too dark cover loosely with foil after about 15m. Bake for 35-40m (or up to 50m if it's a large loaf) until bottom sounds hollow when tapped.