Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dilkhush/Dilpasand (Using Tangzhong Method)

Ever since I bought my oven, my hand's have been itching to try out a wide variety of bakes. But I was too scared to try out anything. So I just stuck to some simple cakes and muffins. Then I came to know of the Baking Partners group, started by Swathi, in which a recipe is suggested and we have ample time to try out once or even twice before posting at our spaces. I joined the group and this is my first challenge. It felt so good to bake something which I had thought could be only bought at bakeries.
Though I was all excited and very eager to try my hand at baking this delicious bread, I kept postponing the baking, as I had to work with yeast. I had read so many episodes where the yeast doesn't proof. 
This is the first time I am working with yeast. The recipe called for instant yeast which can be used directly but since I could find only the Dry active yeast, I had to go through the process of proofing it. To be extra careful, I purchased two packets of yeast.
On the day of baking, I opened both packets and started proofing with the measured quantities from both packets. As I had suspected, one of them did not bubble at all. But I was happy to see tiny bubbles appearing in the other bowl. And within 5 to 8 minutes the yeast mixture worked up very well. I was on cloud nine! Only after seeing the yeast work I started the kneading process.
After kneading, I waited with a child's anxiety checking on the dough every 5 minutes. It took almost 1 and half hours for the dough to rise to double it's quantity. 
Then came another hurdle, 2 hours power cut. Had no other option but to leave the dough to rise till the power was back. Once the power returned, kept it for baking and kept my fingers crossed. The result was awesome. It was a super duper hit with all at home. Baked it once again in a week time and again it was wonderful. 

Recipe Adapted from Christine's Recipes

What you'll need (For Tangzhong)
  1. All Purpose Flour - 50gm/ 1/3 cup
  2. Water - 250ml/ 1cup

Formula of 1 parts of flour with 5 parts of water heat at 65 c/ 150F.

For bread:
  1. All purpose flour/Maida - 350gm/ 2½ cups
  2. Sugar - 55gm/3tbsp+2tsp
  3. Salt - 5gm/1tsp
  4. Milk - 125ml/ ¾ cup
  5. Tangzhong - 120gm (use half of the tangzhong you make from above)
  6. Dry active yeast - 5 to 6gm/2 tsp
  7. Butter - 30gm/3tbsp (cut into small pieces, softened at room temperature)

For Filling:
  1. Freshly grated coconut -  1 ½ Cup
  2. Crushed cashew nut -  ½ cup
  3. Raisins - 1/4 cup
  4. Candied fruit (tutti fruiti) - ½ cup
  5. Sugar (increase sugar if you want more) - ¼ cup
  6. Milk -  ¼ cup

For making the filling
  1. Mix all the ingredients and set aside. (Prepare the filling just before you need to spread on the dough)

Method of making tangzhong:
  1. Mix flour in water well without any lumps. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring consistently with a wooden spoon, whisk or spatula to prevent burning and sticking while you cook along the way.
  2. The mixture becomes thicker and thicker. Once you notice some “lines” appear in the mixture for every stir you make with the spoon. It’s done.  If you want to check the temperature of tangzhong it is 65 C/149 F. Remove from heat.
  3. Transfer into a clean bowl. Cover with a cling wrap sticking onto the surface of tangzhong to prevent from drying up. Let cool. The tangzhong can be used straight away once it cools down to room temperature.  Just measure out the amount you need. The leftover tangzhong can be stored in fridge up to a few days as long as it doesn't turn grey. If so, you need to discard and cook some more. (Note: The chilled tangzhong should return to room temperature before adding into other ingredients. )

Method of making bread:
First proof the yeast,
  1. Warm ¼ cup of milk, (it should be lukewarm, not hot. Heat will kill the yeast)
  2. Transfer the milk into a bowl, and sprinkle the measured amount of yeast to it. Add a pinch of sugar, mix and keep aside. If your yeast is proofing, you will start seeing tiny bubbles in the bowl and after about 5 to 8 minutes, your bowl of milk should be frothy. And you can be sure your yeast is going to work. But if not, discard and start afresh with a new packet of yeast.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients: flour, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center.
  4. Whisk and combine all wet ingredients: milk, yeast and tangzhong, then add into the well of the dry ingredients.
  5. Knead until you get a dough shape and gluten has developed, then knead in the butter. It would be quite messy at this stage  Keep kneading until the dough is smooth, non sticky and elastic.
  6. To test if the dough is ready, you might stretch the dough. If it forms a thin “membrane”/ window pan test, it’s done. The time of kneading all depends on how hard and fast you knead.
  7. Knead the dough into a ball shape. Place in a greased bowl and cover with a wet towel or cling wrap. Let it proof till it's doubled in size, about 40 minutes (Note: the time will vary and depends on the weather. The best temperature for proofing is 28C/ 80 F.) Though the mentioned time is 40 minutes, it took my dough almost double the time to rise and double.
  8. Transfer to a clean floured surface. Deflate and divide the dough into 2 portions. Knead into ball shapes. Cover with cling wrap, let rest for 15 minutes.
  9. Divide dough into two half, one is slightly higher amount than the other, with one half with more dough  make a 9 inch round and thick of ½ inch and place it in your cake tin, evenly spread your filling on the top.
  10. Then make the second half which is less than the first. Make another 9 inch round and cover the filling and seems the sides so that it won’t, comes out while baking
  11. Leave it for the 2nd round of proofing, about 40 minutes, or until the dough rises up to 3/4 of the height of the tin inside.
  12. Brush with milk on the surface. Bake in a pre-heated 180C (350F) oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Mine was done in 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and tin. Transfer onto a wire rack and let cool completely. Slice to serve or place in an airtight plastic bag or container once it's thoroughly cooled.

You will have some leftover dough, you can simply make them into a round shape and bake or stuff with the filling and make into mini stuffed dilkhush buns.


Hari Chandana said...

Wowww.. looks so delicious and amazing.. Yummy !!

Unknown said...

Wow Kaveri! This looks absolutely great. its been my long time wish to make this, somehow unable to try. thanks for sharing said...

Lovely ... its looks so inviting...nice clicks too...

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

Really interesting; i never heard of tangzhong before but I just read it keeps bread soft and fresh.

Vimitha Durai said...

Loved the method implemented. I had bookmarked this technique long back. Bread looks so soft and yum
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Sona said...

delicious and perfect with lovely clicks..

Lifewithspices said...

abasolutely bakery made stuff.. too good.. bful preperation..

Lifewithspices said...

abasolutely bakery made stuff.. too good.. bful preperation..

Prathima Rao said...

My dil khush on just seeing the pics...Perfectly made bakery goodie!!
Prathima Rao
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Ms.Chitchat said...

Like Prathima, even mera dil bahuth khush hua, after seeing this picture perfect bake, u have really excelled over the period in baking and my wholehearted appreciation for the effort, keep it up.

Unknown said...

I remember this bun , when my mom used to buy from the bakery shop near my home , We used to love those buns during our school days
thanks for posting

Prema said...

Perfectly made dearr,loved it a lot...

Priya Suresh said...

Wonderful bread Kaveri, thank god,you got the power,your bread baking sounds much thrilling than a thriller movie.

Julie said...

Absolutely gorgeous bread n the filling too..yummy!!!
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Hema said...

Very well done Kaveri, have to try out the 'tangzhong' method, sounds very interesting..

Unknown said...

Totally worth all the effort, perfect looking dil khush, been ages since I had one. Your baking partners team sounds fun, is it too late to join?

Unknown said...

Beautifully baked :) looks superb and very well done

divya said...

wow thats really tempting!!!yum...

Sangeetha M said...

wow...dil khush my fav too, beautifully baked...great job Kaveri! inviting pics too!

Suja Manoj said...

Beautifully baked dear,loving family also enjoyed.

Swathi said...

Delicious dilkush Kaveri you did very well.

Shylaja Praveen said...

Wow. This looks too good Kaveri. You have become a baking expert now :-)

Achu said...

Amazing :) So lovely :)

Janani said...

good job nice to know u through baking group dear.

Unknown said...

Beautiful & tempting Dilkush.

Sweet'n'Savoury said...

Lovely stuffed bread!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

I just love dilkush and your look super tempting...Love the presentation..

Chitz said...

Awesome dear.. Looks exactly like the ones you find in bakeries :) Got reminded of old days...

PinayinTexas said...

Lovely bread and filling! I should try this one of these days!

Santosh Bangar said...

love this version of making bread
look awesome

Unknown said...

The bread has a very lovely color. stunning

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