I was "spring cleaning" my handphone gallery pictures and came across one picture my sister send to me thru Whatsapps long ago. This pic was from one cookbook she borrowed from the library; Dean Brettschneider - Global Baker. From the look at the picture, the red bean ring bread look so gorgeous and delicious but..... I don't have the recipe! Aah....ha.....I remember my good buddy friend, Hui has this book...hence I whatsapps her to forward me the recipe!
And here goes, today my Red Bean & Sesame Seeds Ring Bread
Red Bean & Sesame Seeds Ring Bread
300g bread flour
1 tsp active dried yeast (or instant yeast)
1 small egg (about 50g after cracked)
150ml fresh milk
Zest of 1 orange (optional)
1 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped (optional)
Sesame seeds, for coating
180g ready made red bean paste
1 small egg
2 tbsp water
Mix everything together and knead till it is no longer sticky and becomes smooth and elastic. Cover and let it rest for 45 minutes to 1 hour or doubled in size.
Knock the dough back in the bowl and gently fold back onto itself and cover to rest for another 30 minutes.
Divide the dough into two equal size. Place one dough on working surface and roll out into a large rectangle to the size approximately 30cm long x 25cm wide.
Using your palette knife, spread half the red bean paste over each dough. Then, roll up the dough from the long edge to form a swiss roll shape. Ensure that the seam is sealed properly.
Lightly brush the egg wash all over the dough surface. Coat the dough surface all over with the sesame seeds. Then shape the dough into a ring and pinch both ends together to close up the ring.
Place the ring on your baking pan with grease proof paper, seam side down. Using your shape knife or scissors, cut through the dough 1cm-1.5cm apart . Cover with plastic wrap and let it proof another 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 180 Celcius.
Bake the loaves for 12-15 minutes till golden brown.
Recipe extracted from Dean Brettschneider - Global Baker with changes
This recipe yields two bread rings.
If you love red bean paste, you will absolutely love this red bean bread.