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'Au Lait' Bread 欧蕾面包

Thursday, 5 August 2010

I came across this "oleh bread" recipe at Sonia's blog. The word "oleh" is her direct translation from its Chinese name "欧蕾". I later found out that "欧蕾" is a direct translation of "au lait" which means "with milk" in French. Anyway, I bookmarked it straightaway as the texture looks super soft and fluffy, like those sausage rolls I used to have when I was a kid. This is a simpler version of pain au lait I presume which usually involves making a yeast starter that has to be let to ferment for about six hours. I've not tried baking pain au lait so I can't compare but this "oleh bread" is really delicious - milky, buttery, so soft and fluffy...

The dough was quite sticky (apparently it's normal as stated in the recipe), so I used a mixer with a dough hook attached for kneading. I had to use a spatula to scrape the dough off the sides of the mixing bowl to form a ball. The dough stiffened a little after an hour of rest which made shaping easier...phew...

欧蕾面包 au lait bread 1

Cute little au lait buns fresh out of the oven...

欧蕾面包 au lait bread 3

From Nasi Lemak Lover
  • 300g bread flour
  • 36g caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 18g milk powder
  • 180g cold water
  • 24g egg white
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 48g unsalted butter - softened at room temperature

  • Mix together A in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour the cold water and egg white into the dry mixture. Mix to combine.
  • Add yeast. Knead.
  • Add unsalted butter, knead till elastic. The dough will be sticky, do not add more flour to the sticky dough!
  • Form a ball and let rest for 1 hr.
  • Knead/ fold dough a few times to re-distribute the air. Let rest for another 30 mins.
  • Shape dough and add your filling of choice.
  • Bake at pre-heated oven at 180℃ for about 25 mins.

Feel free to add whatever filling you like. I made some with tuna and corn filling.

欧蕾面包 au lait bread 2
  • 1 can (130g drained weight) tuna in brine - drained
  • 1 can (165g drained weight) corn - drained
  • 2 tbs Kewpie mayonnaise
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • 1 tbs Japanese sesame dressing
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
欧蕾面包 au lait bread 4

Chocolate and peanut butter...nom nom nom

欧蕾面包 au lait bread 5

欧蕾面包 au lait bread 6

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