I am lucky to have the opportunity to study in Japan, and my stay there was further enriched by the unique and interesting food culture. Despite the array of food varieties there, there was one thing that I would have everyday, and it was none other than the humble shokupan (bread loaf). I remember that I would often discuss with my dormmates about the types of shokupan and the prices (kekeke …. we were afterall students and must be prudent on our spending though we were on scholarships). Generally they come in 2 types of thickness and I have my preferred way on how to enjoy the respective type (^-^)
Shokupan tastes different from our G or S brands available here. Though I have baked numerous types of bread loaves, I haven’t gotten to come across the recipe for this good ol’ shokupan. It was not until my baking idol, Vic (from Victoria Bakes) shared and posted the recipe! That’s why I have said before, I love Vic!
The kids haven’t been feeling too good these few days, that was why I thought a simple, plain bread loaf would be good. And I was confident that they would love it though it may fall short for being a “plain Jane”, provided my loaf turned out successful, that is!
The recipe Vic has is for the white loaf. She baked it so perfectly well that even the crust was white! The dough was a bit sticky but still easy to handle and it felt like marshmallow. Very fluffy and soft! Mine took around 70 minutes for the second proofing to reach 80% fill. Was worried that it would not proof well when I saw that it was only 50% filled at 30 minute mark. Phew! Luckily it managed to “catch up” later. It was with anticipation when I put the pan into the oven to bake (^-^) That’s the excitement and fun in baking. You wouldn’t know how the bake will finally turn out till it is baked.
Ta-da! Here’s my “Snow White”! Oops! Hahaha…. didn’t turn out as fair as Vic’s. Mine is the tanned version. Now hoping the kiddos and hubby will like this bread too, as much as I have enjoyed it before, during my uni days in Japan. And my love for shokupan is once again, rekindled.
Here’s the link to Victoria’s post in her blog Baking into the Ether, “even the crust is white ~ japanese square white bread 就连面包皮都是白色的日式方土司”
Please click on it for the recipe.
Yes! I got myself the CNY edition of the Nutella, so must “show it off” here too (^^)
I know, I know. I just finished my dinner but I must have a bite. I did but it didn’t stop at a bite but the whole slice (#^^#)