Lately, I have dedicated almost all hours of my cooking to making breads, sweet or salty; As weird as it may seem I love kneading. My grandma used to make bread all the time, she would bake in a stone oven she built herself; maybe that´s where my weird fascination with bread comes from. It is now so frequent in our home to have homemade bread that we came up with a weekly “bread mondays”.
This time is hawaiian bread´s turn, a recipe I recently discovered while trying to make diferent recipes every monday. It is a somewhat sweet, pineapple flavored bread, perfect on its own with a cup of hot tea or hot coco.
For the dough:
- 1/2 C pineapple juice, lukewarm
- 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 C buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 75 gr unsalted butter, melted
- 4 1/2 C all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp milk powder
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
For the egg wash:
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp whole milk
- In a medium bowl mix together the pineapple juice, yeast and granulated sugar. Then let it sit for 20 min. for the yeast to activates.
- In another bowl mix the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and butter together, and set aside.
- In a different big bowl, sift together the flour, milk powder, brown sugar and salt. Now stir in the yeast and buttermilk mixtures and mix using a wooden spoon until you get a well combined dough.
- Place the dough on a working surface and knead for 15 min. until it becomes soft and elastic (this whole process can also be made using a standing mixer with the dough hook attchment).
- Place the dough in a bowl previously oiled and cover it with a kitchen towel. Let the dough rest for two hours or until it doubles its size.
- Once this happened, place the dough on the working surface again and cut it into 12 same-size portions.
- Form balls with each portion to create buns and place them, without too much space between each other, in a previously greased rectangular baking pan.
- Cover the pan with a kitchen towel and let the buns rest again until they double their size (about an hour).
- 20 minutes before the buns have doubled their size, preheat the oven at 375° F.
- For the egg wash, in a small bowl just mix the egg yolk and milk.
- Once the buns have doubled their size, brush them with the egg wash and bake at 375°F for 20 minutes or until they turn golden brown.