Looking to the Bright Side

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The last few days have been quite hectic for me. I was on an emotional ride about certain issues and at times did not know what to do. But life goes on and I have regained the calmness and confidence to face the challenged ahead. And of course, there are things to look forward to. Next week I will go and see The Phantom of the Opera in theatre. This is a dream come true since I have always loved the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is also a very sweet early birthday present from my love, Mr. Bee…

See, there are always sweet things in life. And sometimes we can make it ourselves by jumping into the kitchen and bake. For me, the reward for a busy week is very rich sweet dough, followed by a very wicked apple and custard loaf. You know, I do have great liking for buttery pastries and tarts. They always make me happy and satisfied. So making one in a while is quite natural.

But this is not like any normal sweet dough. What you see in this post is the left over from the dough I used for the apple and custard loaf, which will be up soon. This particular dough is the tastiest I have ever made, and I do mean it. With a lot of cream and butter, it´s definitely buttery and creamy. But the secret of the dough is the use of a natural leaven (wild yeast) and a tiny amount of commercial yeast. If you have made/tasted sourdough, you should know that wild yeast makes great breads. I can really go wild for them! The commercial yeast, on the other hand, quickens things up and produces tender crumbs. Together with flour, eggs and sugar, everything makes incredible sweet yeasted butter dough.

I will post the marvelous apple and custard loaf soon, but the leftover dough makes the most beautiful sweet bread! The crumb is soft and sort of melt in your mouth. And if it is healthier, I won´t mind having it everyday for breakfast.

Right, rich and creamy things make me happy. How about you? What food can lift up your mood on a rainy day?

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Dan Lepard´s Sweet Butter Dough

From this book


2½ tsp fresh yeast (halve the amount if using dry yeast)

1 egg

2 egg yolk

125g castor sugar

500g plain flour

200g white leaven (follow link for recipe)

125g single cream

1¼ tsp sea salt

175g unsalted butter, cut into pieces and allow to soften


Combine yeast with egg and yolks and some sugar. Mix in all the other ingredients except for butter and knead thoroughly. Cover and leave for 10 mins.

Put butter pieces on top of the dough and work them into the dough. Knead on a lightly-oiled surface for 5 mins or until the butter is incorporated and the dough is smooth. Knead into a ball and place in a large container. Cover and let rest in the fridge for at least 18 hours.

Making into sweet bread

This is what I did for the left over dough (about 1/3-1/2 the amount above) from my other loaf.

Roll the left over dough into a loaf tin, and let it rise until doubled in size. After that, bake in pre-heated 200C oven until done.

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28 Responses to Looking to the Bright Side

  1. Asha says:

    Sweet bread looks divine!! Great texture anh!

  2. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Anh, it’s only 9ºC here, gray and rainy, so this bread would make my day waaaay better! :)

  3. Mishmash ! says:

    Speechless !! first pic is so brilliant and the apple-custard loaf intrigues me …now I am looking forward to it :) B’day wishes in Advance :) Hope your and Mr Bee has a great time together at the show!

  4. Kelly Mahoney says:

    Looks great. I hope next week is better for you.

  5. Oh for the love of food! says:

    Anh, what a gorgeous looking loaf you’ve got there! I love the words ‘buttery’ and ‘creamy’ and I know I would love the taste of anything that has these words in it’s description! I hope you feel better soon, and have a lovely, happy Birthday! xo

  6. lynn says:

    Delicious looking loaf! I haven’t heard of using wild yeast. Where do you find it? Have a wonderful time at the show!

  7. Callipygia says:

    Happy Early Birthday and may you have more sweet things in your life. This bread lifted me right up too, can’t wait to see the one with apples and cream!

  8. Nora B. says:

    Hi Anh, I’m sorry to hear that your dilema has been bringing you down. It’s wonderful though that you have Mr. Bee to support you and cheer you up.

  9. Arfi Binsted says:

    looks delicious, anh! it’s similar to my sourdough bread, that white leaven you use! isn’t interesting to have different flavour? BTW, I am tagging you for 4×4. Would love to read yours!

  10. SteamyKitchen says:

    You make it look and sound SO easy!

  11. Elle says:

    Baking always cheers me up. The crumb on your bread is so beautiful. I can almost taste the sweet buttery goodness!

  12. Barbara says:

    Mmmm that does look good Anh.

  13. Truffle says:

    How delicious! I hope you enjoy the Phantom and things get better for you :)

  14. Anh says:

    Asha, I will sure enjoy the show. :))

  15. Kristen says:

    How beautiful is that loaf of bread? Wow! It looks great.

  16. Eva says:

    Such a sweet bread is something very comforting – I hope it’ll help you! Come to think of it, I should make it very soon, too! A while ago, I borrowed Dan Lepard’s book from the library and currently I’m baking my way through it..;-) The apple and custard loaf looked very tempting to me, too!

  17. Wendy says:

    Adore the colour of this loaf! It really is uplifting. Greatly looking forward to seeing the next recipe. :)

  18. Wendy says:

    PS Risotto is my rainy day food.

  19. Karen says:

    Anh, this bread looks wonderful.

  20. Ellie says:

    Oh Ahn – it looks PERFECT! What a gorgeous rich, golden crumb – thank you so much for posting this recipe! I shall have to get cracking on that starter and hopefully give this a try!

  21. Lydia says:

    That looks so wonderfully rich, like a brioche. I will share this recipe with my husband, who (thank goodness) has taken over all of the baking in our household! Hope you enjoyed the play!

  22. Johanna says:

    wow that bread looks wonderful – I am looking forward to seeing your custard and apple bread – am sure it would have made life seem very good indeed!

  23. Precious Moments says:

    aiyo, how can i missed this post. looks soooooo good for a big bite.

  24. Sophie says:

    Anh I hope you are feeling happier now. I like a pastry too as a pick me up, but more often turn to gooey cheese on toast, yum. Look forward to hearing about the apple and custard loaf

  25. The Cooking Ninja says:

    Have a great time at Phantom of the Opera!

  26. Cris says:

    Hummmm, let’s see, a cup of tea and some cookies? Or a bread like this, but I eat too much like I did this morning with a potato bread and I spread butter on top, yummy. I guess I’m a little anxious these days.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Aaah….Anh, this looks really good. You sure are tempting me (both the bread & the show).

  28. Julie says:

    This bread does look very good, it has a nice rich color to it.

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