Friday, September 11, 2009

Pullman Bread (or Pain de Mie in French)

Today I received my Pullman Loaf pan that was ordered from a nice gal in Arizona by way of EBay. I have been looking for a good, smaller, covered bread pan to make sandwich bread and finally found it. It's beautiful. The recipe that I used was tweaked from several good ones. I've seen them made with milk, dried milk, potato starch, soy milk, honey, cheese and a whole host of delicious ingredients. As this is my first foray, I decided to try to keep it simple. Here is the recipe:

1 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons honey
2-1/3 tablespoons sugar
1-1/3 tablespoons dried yeast
2 cups white flour
1 cup home ground whole wheat flour
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons soft butter

Note: I used a Pullman Bread Pan that measured approximately 10 inches long by 3 inches high.

Heat milk in a saucepan until it reaches about 100 degrees F. Add honey and yeast and let stand for 5 minutes to foam. (If it doesn't foam, the yeast could be too old and you will need to try with fresh yeast.)

Pour the milk in your mixer and add the rest of the ingredients. Beat, starting out slow when combined, change to your dough hook and machine knead for five minutes.

Remove from bowl, butter or oil bowl and return dough, turning it over to coat. Let rise in a warm place, covered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until doubled. Turn the dough out and with a rolling pin, roll it out to about 10 inches by 8 inches. Roll it up and pinch the seams closed. Butter your Pullman pan on all sides and the inside of the cover. Place the dough, seam side down in the pan, slip the cover on securely and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or until the dough is about 1/2 inch from the top of the pan *you can peek after about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for about 45 minutes. Remove the cover and if pale, set the bread on a rack in the oven and bake for another 5 minutes or until nicely browned.

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