Apr 122011

Yes.. it has been months since i last mentioned that i gotta give water roux or tangzhong method a try and i didn’t.. till now.

But better late than never aye? ^_^

After the first successful loaf of tangzhong bread, i proceeded to create a recipe which i heart very much — Black Sesame Bread with Cranberry. I lurrrveeeeeee the combination of black sesame and dried cranberry!

So, what’s tangzhong or water roux method exactly?

What’s the big hoo-haa about tangzhong in bread making? Well, read on and you’ll find out. ;)

From Dodol & Mochi

~~ “In Japanese, tangzhong means either a warm or thin starchy (flour-based) starter. Bread that’s made with tangzhong is called tangzhong bread. So, how does it do the magic of producing bread that stays soft and fluffy longer without the addition of any “artificial ingredients.” As you cook the flour-water mixture for the tangzhong over gentle heat, the starch begins to react with the water via gelatinization. The mixture will subsequently thicken up as the starch traps and locks moisture from the water. The cooking will have to be stopped once the mixture has reached 65C.

Thus, incorporating tangzhong into your bread will give you a soft, fluffy bread that has fine crumbs and springy texture. On top of that, it has better anti-staling effect!”

Soft and fluffy or not, you be the judge (check out the photos though they don’t say as much as eating it for real!).

Needless to say, my weekly bread making no longer uses milk bread recipe. Kekekeeee!

It’s HELLO tangzhong bread for now!

Black Sesame Bread with Cranberry

  • 350g cups bread flour
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 56g or 1 large egg
  • 7g milk powder (optional)
  • 40g black sesame powder
  • ½cup milk + 1 tbsp milk
  • 120g tangzhong starter
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 30g butter


  1. Place all ingredients in the pan of the bread machine (according to the sequence as stated in the instruction manual of your bread machine). Select the Dough function of the bread machine and press start.
  2. Once the machine beeps (after 1 and half hour + 1 proofing), remove dough and give a few light kneading on a lightly floured work surface. Press out the trapped air as your knead before proceeding to chaffing and letting the dough rest for 5mins.
  3. Divide the dough into 3 pieces and roll each one into 25-30cm long rope.
  4. Place the ropes side by side and start plaiting.
  5. Continue plaiting the ropes until you reach the end. Press the ends together with your fingers and tuck them neatly under the bottom of the plait.
  6. Place the completed plait on a baking sheet or baking tin.
  7. Loosely cover with a damp cloth or cling wrap and let doughs proof for 45 – 60 mins or until double in size.
  8. Bake at preheated oven at 175 degree for about 15 – 20 mins until the bread is golden brown all over. Cover the surface with a sheet of aluminum foil if the surface browns too quickly. Remove from oven, unmold immediately and let cool on wire rack.


This is how i like to eat my black sesame loaf…

It’s really very addictive!

I can eat slices of this and even make this my lunch and dinner. Heee! Then after my first successful attempt on this recipe of mine, i took the bread to a notch healthier.. by making it multigrain!

Rolled oat, white sesame seed, sunflower seed and more black sesame…

Aaahhh… *rubs tummy*

I’m one happy camper :)

Errmm.. and what anti staling?!?!

The boys and i + helper try extremely hard not to wolf down all these breads on the day they are baked… because after all, they are for breakfast the next day! But you can’t blame us, u know.. i mean, who can resist freshly baked bread?!?!?!

So, whether tangzhong is anti staling or not, it is really not very important to this family of mine. Hahahaha!

=> Submitting this post of mine to YeastSpotting for the first time!

  15 Responses to “Black Sesame Bread with Cranberry, Water Roux Method (Tangzhong)”

  1. Oooh spongey. Wish I could stick my finger in & give it a poke!

  2. Lovely photos as always!! I have to try making this!

  3. Lovely!!! I can never success in bread making… boooHoooo… I love the 2nd batch with roll oat (?) on it de.. very tempting to bite one now… :)

  4. This is so adorable and cute BTW, So what was first a Taiwanese/Chinese method, came to Japan, then they altered it? I had no idea about the roux method, but I’ve been needed my wheat bread to come out better, in fact, it fails to rise… ERR…. Beautiful pics!

  5. I couldn’t help but notice the look of happy anticipation on the little one’s face…. The bread must be good!

  6. john : haha! no poking please! *takes the bread away, far far away*

    mrs ergul : you must! esp if u love soft bread and black sesame ;)

    ellena : i didn’t have a good start with bread making either. do give it another go! yup, that’s rolled oat for u.. :)

    elle : thanks dearie.. fails to rise? check your yeast please? has it expired or something? what yeast are u using currently?

    shirley : hahahaa! he just wanna be prepared just in case he’s in the photo! LOL!

  7. Mmmm I learn something new today, tangzhong :) Can you suggest how to work on this without a bread machine? I only have a food processor that kneads the dough O.o

  8. Soft and delicious! Love the addition of cranberries which gave the bread a lovely colour contrast.

  9. Looks amazing! I can’t bread-bake or cake-bake but I don’t mind a homemade bread anytime! I am quite a “loti” – gal!

  10. Looks fluffy! I am telling myself to jump into the wagon and try this soon!

  11. Hi Sherie, I can’t help but noticed that there is a little glass milk bottle (with blue print) on the table (second image), I was wondering where did you get it from? I’ve been trying to find a nice size milk glass bottle for a while now :P

  12. min : that post (bread making without bread machine) coming soon! i got the bottle from Daiso some time back :)

    angie : i love the cranberry for the exact reason.. and also the sweetness amidst all the nuttiness!

    tigerfish : hahhaaaa.. my nickname used to be loti-girl back in primary school!

    jeannie : u totally should ;)

  13. For the longest time I wanted to try this.. I need to make sure I try it this year!

  14. How much dried cranberries did you use?

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