Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Panda Bread

Sorry for my lack of activity and visits for the past few days. My in-laws are here and we have been traveling around a lot. We will be heading to Cornwall next week, so here's my last recipe before I leave - a really cute and delicious Panda bread! Saw this over at Not quite Nigella and couldn't resist baking this. The red blobs on top were supposed to form a heart shape, but due to my lack of such skills, it looks like a floating ugly ribbon.

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Panda Bread

Printable recipe
By Pig Pig's Corner

Prep time: 3 hrs 
Cook time: 30 mins 
Yield: 9 x 4" loaf

  • 210g 1 egg yolk + rice milk (i.e. use 1 egg plus enough rice milk to make up to 210 g)
  • 230g bread flour
  • 70g cake flour
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 4.5g salt
  • 1 packet (7g) instant yeast
  • 18g unsalted butter - softened at room temperature
  • 8g green tea powder - dissolved in 10g boiling water
  • 8g cocoa powder - dissolved in 8g boiling water
  • A few drops of red colouring


  • In a microwave-safe bowl, lightly beat together the yolk and milk. Microwave for 30 sec.
  • In a clean mixing bowl, put in flour, sugar, salt, yeast. Mix to combine.
  • Add milk and egg mixture and butter to dry mixture.
  • Using and electric mixer with a dough hook attached, knead until elastic. The dough was a bit sticky, so I added about 1/2 tbs each of bread flour and cake flour to make it less sticky. I left it to knead for about 20 mins.
  • Divide dough (about 560g) into 3 parts: 60g for chocolate, 185g for plain white, 25g for red, the rest (about 290g) for green
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  • Add chocolate paste to 60g dough and knead until well combined.
  • Add red colouring to 25g dough and knead until well combined.
  • Add green tea paste to 290g dough and knead until well combined.
  • Loosely wrap each dough in cling film, prove for 40 mins.
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  • Knead/ fold each dough a few times to re-distribute the air. Prove for another 30 mins.
To shape & assemble:
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1. Shape 70g of plain dough for the face and 2 pieces of 20g chocolate dough for the eyes.Shape to 5.5-6 inches in length.2. Fill the gap in between the eyes with 20g plain dough.
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3. Roll out and place the remaining plain dough over the shaped dough.4. Divide the remaining chocoate dough into 2 pieces for the ears.

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5. Use 20g of green tea dough to fill up the gap in between the ears.6. Use 40g of green tea dough to cover the ears.

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7. Make a slit on the top green tea dough.8. For the heart shape, shape the red dough into a cylinder shape. Cut into 2 lengthwise. Place these 2 in the slit. Leaving a little gap in between the dough.

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9. Fill in the gap with 15g of green dough.10. Roll out and wrap the rest of the green tea dough all around the patterned dough. Leave the bottom unwrapped.

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11. Place dough in a lined loaf pan.12. Cover with cling film. Let prove for about 60 mins in an enclosed area (i.e. microwave/ oven). I placed it in a microwave together with a cup of hot water.
  • Bake at 200℃ for 25-30 mins.
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  • Slice and enjoy!
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  • Delicious with Nutella!
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