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Crusty Bread Sandwich

This month's Aspiring Baker's June Challenge is Bread .... it is a real challenge for me as I always find bread making tedious and time consuming. Although I have a bread maker at home and have attended free lessons from PH, I've only used my bread maker to make jam and pau .... what a waste huh! But I just don't wish to miss this month's challenge and have been spending some time flipping through my baking books looking for recipes on bread making. I found a recipe in this Chinese book  精緻點心DIY that I bought in Taiwan many years ago.  You don't even have to bake the bread, just dip with beaten egg and breadcrumbs then deep fry it (I shallow fry the bread for health purpose) and make it into a sandwich. I can tell you that it is real easy to work with without the bread maker machine, the bread outside is very crusty and inside is super soft. I've added lettuce, ham, egg, tomato, cucumber and a dash of pepper and sandwich with butter spread. Of course you can add cheese, tuna, sausage or anything you desire.




I am submitting this Bread Sandwich to Aspiring Bakers #8 - Bread Seduction June 2011 
also submitting this entry to  Yeastspotting



Here is the recipe (I only used half recipe for 9 medium size crusty bread)
250g Bread flour
40g Caster sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1 small egg (about 30g)
25g Crisco shortening
150g Water
5g Instant yeast

  • Soak instant yeast into the water until dissolved.
  • Add bread flour, salt and sugar into mixing bowl and mix well with a rubber spatula.
  • Add egg and dissolved yeast into it, use mixer with dough hook attachment and switch machine to medium speed until mixture becomes a soft dough.
  • Place soft dough on dusted flour surface and press dough down with the heel of your hand, then roll the dough towards you, turn dough and repeat a few times (about 5 mins). Add crisco shortening in the center, wrap it up and repeat the process again until it's smooth and elastic and shape it into a ball.
  • Cover the dough in a bowl and let it rest for about 30 mins or dough rises to double or triple.

  • Use your index finger to poke the dough, it does not spring back, it is ready to use.
  • Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 9 equal pieces about 55g each and knead  smooth into round balls, cover with plastic sheet and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Rub a small amount of flour on the rolling pin and roll dough to long length, about 8 inches long and 4 inches wide.
  • Use your hand to roll up the dough, gently press the dough as you roll.

  • Prepare one lightly beaten egg on a small tray and breadcrumbs on another tray.
  • Dip dough on the lightly beaten egg and coat with breadcrumbs, let it rest for another 10 mins.
  • Deep fry dough at medium heat for about 8 minutes till golden brown. (I shallow fry the bread dough instead by turning the dough often to make sure the dough is cooked)
  • Leave crust bread to cool and slice it lengthwise and sandwich with any fillings you fancy.

Enjoy!


Kitchen note: I think I've should dusted some plain flour on the dough before dipping with egg as you can see my crusty bread is quite dark.


Got a good feedback from Fong's Kitchen Journal about the method of deep frying bread ~ 
"You may want to try deep-frying instead of shallow-frying for a lighter brown tone. When shallow-fry, the bread is very close to the bottom of pan/wok and it will burn easily. Start with lower heat at the beginning and increase heat at the end to expel the oil." ~ Thank you Fong :)

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  1. is a challenge for me too. but you made it! (: (: this look really nice and delicious!! (: (: great job ann! (:

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  2. wah ... 很多料一定很好吃

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  3. What a neat bread! LOVE the crust.

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  4. coming to help myself for this yummy breakfast..hahaha~~~ Although the bread was fried, but it looks refreshing with those ingredients you add in..:) love it..

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  5. Hi Anncoo

    looks yummy and make me feel hungry right now, haha! thanks for sharing, will try it one day.

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  6. Looks delicious! You may want to try deep-frying instead of shallow-frying for a lighter brown tone. When shallow-fry, the bread is very close to the bottom of pan/wok and it will burn easily. Start with lower heat at the beginning and increase heat at the end to expel the oil.

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  7. @Fong's Kitchen Journal
    Fong, thank you very much for your info. You're absolutely right, how come I never think of that.

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  8. Chris, Belinda, Rachei
    Thank you for your compliments.

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  9. Oh, I have never come across such au unusual bread! This looks yum!! :)

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  10. Look, how crispy it is. I'm sure it is absolutely yummy!

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  11. This reminds me of the hot dog fried bun that I used to love so much! Looks really good too with egg and ham sandwich, yum!

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  12. Crispy on the outside and soft inside....nice!

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  13. If I not wrong this is ur first bread post and u have done it so professionally. Thumb up! Hope to see more bread post from u in future.

    The sandwich is so so tempting, can I have one please?

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  14. now i'm hungry!! looks so scrumptious!

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  15. 你很聪明呢,我喜欢这个点子:)

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  16. This is a great idea for a nice crunchy bread. Your sandwiches look very colorful, I have never considered using sliced egg in sandwiches, that is a good idea.

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  17. This looks so good, I love bread, definitely have to try it out. And think I will use tuna. By the way, is there any substitue for Crisco/food shortening?

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  18. Hi Ann, you're an amazing baker, seems that no bakery items can challenge you.
    Btw, wonder how you make jam with your breadmaker. I've got a breadmaker, just use it to make breads/pau or pizza etc, ever made any jam with it.

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  19. @Cook.Bake.Love
    Angel, you're right.. this is my first bread post. I'm very happy with the result and I must learn from you.. your A-C Cups are amazing!..hahaa

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  20. @Indu
    Hi Indu, As this is my first bread making, I'm not very sure about the substitution but I've checked with some bloggers most of them used butter and milk instead. I think adding crisco is to make the bread more crusty.

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  21. @Christine@Christine's Recipes

    Thank you Christine :)
    My bread machine is Breville brand that comes with a jam setting. Will try to post jam making one of these day provided my machine is still workable. ;D

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  22. 你用手揉面团哦?佩服佩服。。。

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  23. wow... what a great treat!!.. must try this in my kitchen soon.. thx for sharing ^,^

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  24. Hi Ann! Nice easy recipe! Best is no baking involved! LOL
    Actually I'm quite surprised that you need not bake the bread first and can just deep/shallow-fried it! (I've never bake before..hee..)
    I've always love fried bread with panko for its crispiness outside yet soft inside. :)

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  25. This is interesting :)
    My kids will definitely shout "woo!" if i make this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  26. You really hardworking huh, hehehe..who help you to take the detail steps of photo? Hmm, this look so good, like Jane said, my kids would love this too.Thanks for sharing the detail steps, appreciate much. Agreed with Fong's note.

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  27. Love your beautiful rolls, my kids gonna love it since thy like everything crispy!

    Btw, Wht's Crisco shortening, can we replace it with vegie shortening?

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  28. Wow, wow!!Ann, your photography skills are excellent! your bakings skills are far exceeded excellent!

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  29. Wow! So tempting. How I wish that I would have a bite of it now.

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  30. looks like delicious,i love it so much!

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  31. @neyeeloh
    Esther, 也不完全是。。开始是用kitchen aid dough hook 打成团,才慢慢的用手揉面团到光滑,就差不多了。

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  32. @ღᏓуռ էяɨռɨאღ
    Hi Lil, this is also my first time fried bread and the bread is really good even without the filling. Just eat it warm :)

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  33. @Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover)
    Thanks Jane and Sonia :) I've to take the photo myself using the tripod.

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  34. @Alice Law
    Hi Alice, I think can use vegie shortening because sometime I also use vegie shortening to make crystal mooncake but of course crisco is better.

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  35. Wow! Those bread sure look so good as sandwiches! My boys would love this served as hotdogs, complete with minced meat and all:P

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  36. Gosh, this sandwich is so unique and I can gobble this up for lunch!
    How not to drool!

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  37. 第一次就把面包做成功,很厉害。想当年我是撞了几十次墙才把面包做好。

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  38. This is a different kind of crusty bread that I'm used too. It looks amazing, and how good you found out why they turned out darker than you planned! Time for lunch, please pass the crusty bread sandwich! :D

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  39. I am quite good at eating bread but ask me to bake one - I am hopeless. :O

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  40. hmmmm,看起来很好吃,而且还很特别。

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  41. Wow! This is really pretty! Your frying skill is also very good, all are so even! Must've taken quite a while to fry all of them!

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  42. I've never seen bread baked this way, with the bread crumbs, I like it and the sandwiches look delicious made with your wonderful bread ;-)

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  43. WOW I've never ever seen bread made this way and this seems like a really good alternative to baking! I bet it tastes absolutely delicious with that crunchy outer layer!

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  44. wow Ann this is really a nice twist from baked bread - thks for sharing! :)

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  45. @Anncoo
    First time frying bread and you already did it so well! This shows that you're really talented Ann! Well done! :D
    Just saw your additional infomations that you'll be entering this recipe for "Aspiring Bakers #8 - Bread Seduction June 2011"
    and "Yeastspotting" ! Wish you all the best and good luck! ^.^

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  46. Wow...pan fried bread! How cool is that! Love your step-by-step pictures. Your sandwiches look so tasty. If you live close to me, I will be at your doorstep in no time :)

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  47. 真的很棒,还附上步骤图。。。。。很特别的面包卷夹馅料。。。。i like it!!感谢分享

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  48. @Passionate About Baking
    Jane, not very long to fry the breads because only 9 pcs :)

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  49. @Janine
    Janine, It's good to dip the crust bread in curry too.

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  50. @ღ♡Ꮣуռ էяɨռɨא♡ღ
    Thanks Lyn. Why don't join in and have the fun together ;D

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  51. @Biren @ Roti n Rice
    hehee Biren, I don't mind to stay close to you too so I can have your "tong shui" everyday :)

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  52. @Yee Er
    Yee Er, 其实我是很担心做不成,还好效果还不错。

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  53. @Joelyn~幸福の起点
    Joelyn, 谢谢过奖!附上步骤图是因为怕自己解释不来。

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  54. @Anncoo
    Oh no Ann, all my dishes and photos are still not up to the standard to take part! LOL
    Let me improve them first... Tks for inviting Ann :)

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  55. I like making bread too but haven't tried these ones with a crispy top. Just by looking at your pictures, i know i am going to like that added crunch!
    Thanks for sharing detailed instructions :)

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  56. These little morsels looks good...
    I love bread... especially soft on the inside and crusty on the outside...

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  57. wow this is such a fun bread recipe soft in middle and crispy on the outside :-)

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  58. hihi...bread sandwich looks superb...^0^
    drop by to say hi, ann...

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  59. Mmmm....looks very soft and delicious. Would be great for parties and picnic. I am hungry looking at these...mmmm

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  60. I absolutely love this! And I don't mind that they are a bit more browned, I think they look perfect :)

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  61. That is super creative! never heard of that or seen before.

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  62. Good that Fong has given you a great feedback on frying technique! I learn something from her feedback too. Your crispy buns look so yummy.

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  63. is the fist time I see such a bread, and I love it. wish I had a piece.

    Thanks for sharing Ann

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  64. Hi. Would love to try this. Does the bread stay crispy for long?

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  65. @natasya
    Hi Natasya, yes this bread is crispy that can stayed for few hours.

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  66. Cakewhiz ~ You're welcome :)

    Lisa, Rebecca, sherleen ~~ thanks for you nice comments :)

    Mary ~ yes, it's good to bring the bread to picnic. Hope you'll make this too.

    Thanks Alisha :)

    Kankana ~ thank you!

    Zoe ~ yes, it's so sweet of Fong to share the great tips.

    Roxana GreenGirl ~ sure!

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  67. I lovee fried food so much...I think that I gained 5 lb just from looking:)) Absolutely delicious!!!

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  68. The bread looks great. I love the coat of the bread crumbs.

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  69. 哈哈,作品终于出来了。面包也是难不到你这位大师的。

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  70. @cherry potato
    Cherry Potato ~ 你太过奖了 :P 这都是托Aspiring Bakers的福,要不然我也不会做面包。还算是及各啦 (^-^)..hehee

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  71. it's the first time i see frying bread! wow, so amazing! i will try once this weekend!
    thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Van

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