Today, I tried the ‘Soft Bread’ baking programme of the Panasonic SD-P104 Breadmaker. Before this, I have used the ‘Bread’ and ‘Stuffed Bread’ programmes, both yielding rather dry bread with thick and tough crust. I was hoping to get a really soft bread comparable to oven-baked bread with this option.
The ‘Soft Bread’ option takes 4 hours and 20 minutes, which is quite long, so I used the timer. I followed the recipe from the Panasonic manual strictly but added some cocoa powder and walnuts for flavour.
Chocolate Walnut Bread
250g bread flour
15g butter (substituted with oil)
2tbsp caster sugar + 30g to offset the bitterness of the cocoa powder
1tsp milk powder
180ml cold water
1tsp instant dried yeast
25g cocoa powder
some walnuts broken into small pieces
Put everything, except walnuts and yeast, into the pan, then the walnuts and yeast in the raisin and yeast compartment respectively. Set the timer and programme and start the machine.
The ‘Soft Bread’ option has got exceptionally long resting period and a relatively longer kneading cycle than other options, and the baking cycle only takes 35 minutes (usually is 40 minutes).
The crust of the bread was not as thick as those baked using ‘Bread’ and ‘Stuffed Bread’ options, but it is still too thick to my preference. The bread was soft but rather dry on the inside, but they stuck together and didn’t fall apart easily.
The typical breadmaker bread crust! 😡
And no, the bread did not pass the yoga test!
So, the quest for a light and fluffy Panasonic SD-P104 Breadmaker bread continues… ➡ ➡ ➡ 😎