Green Inspiration. Recipe: Two-color pandan cubic milk bread

 Two-color pandan cubic milk bread

Uhm, not quite `cubic´ actually, but I´m happy with the look of this bread

I like pretty and cute things (who doesn´t?) And here are some of the favourite items I loved or spotted lately. (Which essentially means that I will be somewhat poorer after the online shopping spree).

green inspiration

Cute skirt (10×10) – Apple&Pear NotepadAudrey Kawasaki´s painting called Overlap {This, I have a print of – lucky!}

Green is perhaps not one of my ‘to-go’ colors. I´m more attracted to other neutral, greyish and bluish tones in general. But I like to play with it, so I do have occasional clothing and accessories pieces with green shade.

Foodwise, unlike this unusual blue cake, green color appears quite often – vegetables, matcha cake and desserts. And don’t forget the ever popular pandan chiffon cake. So I guess playing with green dessert is nothing out of the ordinary.

Today, though, I’m playing with an idea I have had in mind for the longest time – a two tone cubic bread. I’ve come across the photo of a similar bread somewhere in the past. Not sure where, I just keep a photo of it in my “Inspiration” folder. Whoever you are, thank you for being my inspiration!

Not having a recipe, I figured my way out to create the cubic-effect. For flavours, I have opted to use pandan paste since that beautiful sweet vanilla fragrance pairs particularly well with milk bread. I like the look of it. The texture of the bread is soft and cake-like, the way most Asians like their bread.

 Two-color pandan cubic milk bread
Two-color pandan cubic milk bread (aka checkerboard milk bread)

Bread recipe adapted from here.

Note: I think the sugar here is nice for milk bread (to eat with jam and butter). But next time I’ll increase the sugar amount slightly to make a sweeter bread. The dough is quite sticky but try to resist adding too much additional flour. Just keep on kneading, it will come together (I knead by hands)

260g fresh milk
1 egg
50g caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
500g bread flour (and a bit more to knead)
2tsp Instant yeast
70g butter (unsalted) – at room temperature
1.5-2 tsp pandan paste (available from Asian store)


1. Mix together all the ingredients (except for the pandan paste) in a bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined.

2. Divide the dough into two portions. Add the pandan paste into one portion, knead well floured surface until the dough is elastic and the color distribute evenly (around 10 mins). Use more flour if the dough is too sticky, but try not to add too much. Repeat with the other dough.

3. Put the dough in two separated bowl. Cover and let it ferment until doubled in size.

4. Divide each dough into 8 portions each. Cover and rest for 10 mins.

5. Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly grease the normal loaf pan.

6. Put the the pieces of dough in alternate color layers (see pic).

 Two-color pandan cubic milk bread

7. Cover and let the dough rest until doubled in size (40-60 mins).

8. Bake in the preheated oven until done (around 30-40 mins). The bread is cooked through if there is a hollow sound when knocking at the bottom of the bread.


I’ll submit this recipe to Yeastspotting.

If you like Asian bread, try this lovely Japanese-style chocolate multi-layer marble bread. It’s good and looks impressive.

50 Responses to Green Inspiration. Recipe: Two-color pandan cubic milk bread

  1. Agnes says:

    That's so cool, Anh! 😀 Love the alternating colours.

  2. cookingpractice says:

    this is totally cute! I like the green color a lot since it brings me a very refreshing feeling :) in fact we have a lot of trees inside our house ;D

  3. Margot says:

    Beautiful bread Anh! Love it :)

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That is a color I love! Your loaf looks wonderful!

  5. Tangled Noodle says:

    This would look so wonderful for a party or brunch, with slices arranged on a platter! A cake-like bread sounds delicious. 😎

  6. shaz says:

    That is so cool! I haven't yet had a chance but I want to make your blue polka dot cake, and zebra bread, and now this two tone bread. Anh, you are my inspiration :)

  7. El says:

    This is really great. I've never seen anything like it before. Creative and beautiful.

  8. Zara says:

    What a lovely bread with such a joyful look! I will bookmark the recipe! Thank you!

  9. Wandering Chopsticks says:

    Very pretty. It reminds me of Battenberg cake.

  10. Ana Powell says:

    So pretty, I must try it myself.

  11. Faith says:

    This checkered bread is such a brilliant idea! By the way, I love that pear notepad! :)

  12. Xiao Yen Recipes says:

    I can already imagine the wonderful flavor of this bread. Pandan is so aromatic. I love the smell and flavor of the leaf.

  13. Soma says:

    That is just awesome! and if you had not shown how you did it I would have not solved the puzzle. I am not good at these things.

  14. Cherrie Pie says:

    Fantastic! I love pandan so will need to make this VERY soon :)

  15. Erica says:

    Beautiful colors!!!oh, another great creation!h my, what lovely pictures you have … and I bet they taste very nice, too.

  16. Cindy says:

    Anh, it looks beautiful! And I haven't seen yeast used quite like that before.

  17. penny aka jeroxie says:

    This is SO cool! Can you please save me some?

  18. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    What a great effect Anh…and pandan is so divine! Love this creation!

  19. tigerfish says:

    I used to see this in a traditional bakery when I was a kid….very nostalgic!

  20. Mark @ Cafe Campana says:

    Very cool looking bread. I had no idea the colours would be so vivid and stay separated like this.

  21. foodwink says:

    Gorgeous! I love anything pandan. Ok, except weird pandan-flavoured soy bean milk and mooncakes.

  22. Melissa says:

    I am so jealous of your cake it looks gorgeous! I attempted one of these a few years back and it was a disaster. The green is beautiful :-)

  23. Liss says:

    That looks wonderful! Well done!

  24. ChichaJo says:

    I think it looks really pretty! I love pandan flavor :)

  25. Nancy/n.o.e says:

    Your bread is quite striking – how creative of you to adapt the recipe and figure out how to make it cubic. I'll bet it was as delicious as it is pretty!

  26. Anita says:

    Great colours Anh! I like the step by step photos – especially placing the pieces in the load.

  27. tasteofbeirut says:

    Wonderful idea Anh! It reminds me of a bread I saw in a Christmas issue of Elle magazine and I was so taken with it, it had 4 colors. Thanks to you, I can see how it is possible to make it at home and not too difficult!

  28. Von says:

    When I first saw the picture, I thought it was a cake (obviously, I didn't read the heading….hehe). It looks delicious though- it's so soft! Definitely my type of bread =]

  29. FFichiban says:

    Wooowww that looks so pretty! and love soft fluffy bread!

  30. Johanna GGG says:

    oh I love this bread – have just noticed that my blog reader is not flagging your posts – but so glad I saw this one anyway – your blog is looking gorgeous and to see so much wonderful green here is good for the soul – maybe one day I should even attempt this beautiful bread – hopefully I will get my blog reader sorted even sooner

  31. Manggy says:

    It's like an Asian Battenburg cake! I love it!! :) (loving the apple and pear notepad, too!)

  32. Kaitlin says:

    This looks so awesome! I love it!

  33. Amy @ cookbookmaniac says:

    This is way to cool for me to make! Very awesome!

  34. Kitchen Butterfly says:

    It is really beautiful! Stunning…………..

  35. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

    Lovely lovely colours!! I like how you are inspired :)

  36. Gattina says:

    this green color you made is really nice! as I've seen other pandan bread/cake, their green was just like …errrr :) :) btw, I love that pear note pad!

  37. Maria@TheGourmetChallenge says:

    wow! That really looks amazing! I love pandan, this bread is right up my alley. I'm still amazed by the very cute pattern! great job!

  38. Juliana says:

    Oh! Lovely bread….so creative, love the colors of it…the bread look so soft…yummie!

  39. mademoiselle délicieuse says:

    Oooh, chequerboard bread! I don't wear much green but it's a wonderfully relaxing colour that I like in home decorations. We actually themed around recent wedding around apple/olive green. And I love that fold-out pear notepad – seen an apple one similar to that too!

  40. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    How fabulous! It reminds me of a Battenberg cake (which I was obsessed with when I was little 😛 )

  41. Trissa says:

    I never realized that's how you make the checkered bread! They look gorgeous and I am sure the pandan flavour makes it an ideal snack. By the way – online shopping sprees sound like fun!

  42. lilyng says:

    this is the most lovely looking bread i have ever seen.

  43. riceandwheat says:

    Hi Anh,

  44. oneordinaryday says:

    This is so awesome. I've never even entertained the thought of making a checkerboard bread, but I love it. Thanks for inspiring me!

  45. Lisa Michelle says:

    I have been dying to work with pandan. I've never tasted it, but I've seen it all over the blogosphere and it looks wonderful. Your bread is NO exception. I wish I could find some around here (northern NJ) to taste. I must make this bread…it's so beautiful!

  46. betty says:

    this looks great!

  47. hanushi says:

    This bread is really pretty… I think you did a fantastic job!

  48. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Not sure if there was a mistake in the method. Step 4 states to divide each of the 2 doughs into 4 portions, so that makesa total of 8 portions. But the pic for step 6 has a total of 16 portions. Am a little confused. Please advise. Thank you!

  49. Anh says:

    Hi Anonymous! I've edited the recipe! Thanks for pointing that out!

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