Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spinach Bun With Bacon Bits

I came upon this spinach bun in one chinese magazine and that gave me an idea to add blanched spinach to the wholemeal bread dough.   I used the same wholemeal bread recipe.  Giving WB just a plain spinach bun, he may not be enthusiatic in eating it.  So, to make it more interesting, I added his favorite bacon to the bun and guess what?  He ate them without questions LOL!  The taste of spinach after baking is not over powering and these buns are delicious with the bacon bits .  A keeper for sure.  Read on for the recipe.........

add chopped  blanched spinach to the wholemeal dough ,
looks good :)  my first time adding veggie to 
a bread dough :)

adding the bacon bits adds oomph to the spinach buns.
easy to make and doesn't take much time..roll the dough
like a swiss roll style and curl the roll into a round bun

this is how it looks after 

egg wash and sprinkle on top with flaxseeds

bake in preheated oven at 200C
 for 20-25 minutes or until it turned golden brown

smell good, the flaxseed is good for health 

the soft and fluffy texture and the aromatic bacon
bits makes the bun delicious....now you know why
WB did not complain :p   I took two of the buns
for breakfast with a hot cup of black coffee....yummy!

Spinach Bun With Bacon Bits

Ingredients :100g bread flour
120 g wholemeal flour 
56g plain flour 
20g milk powder 
42g caster sugar 
half teaspoon of salt 
6g yeast 
30g beaten eggs 
85-90g water 
84g water dough 
22g unsalted butter   
200 blanched spinach - squeezed dry and cut into 1/4 in lengh

5-6 strips of bacon - fried till crispy and cut into bits.   

Recipe for the water dough " water roux ": 

Cook 125 g water with 25 g bread flour at medium low heat, keep stirring until it become thicken and no lumps left. Cook it until quite liquid consistency like the baby porridge.  Transfer to a clean bowl to cool down .

Method for making the dough :

Place all the ingredients for kneading except the butter until everything come together and become a smooth dough then add in the butter a little at a time.

Let the dough slowly absorb the butter then turn to speed two if you  are using a kitchenaid mixer.  Knead until the dough no more sticking at the side of the mixing bowl and the dough should be very smooth and elastic.  Add in the blanched spinach and mixed evenly into the dough.

Let it proof for 40 minutes in a clean bowl and cover with cling wrap.

Divide the dough into equal portions of 80 grams each.  Flatten the dough into a rectangular piece of 1/4 inch thick.  Sprinkle fried bacon bits on the surface and roll the dough into a swiss roll and then curl the roll into a round bun.  Repeat the process until finish.  Brush surface with egg wash and sprinkle flaxseeds on top of bun and bake in preheated oven of 200C for 20-25 minutes till browned and cooked through.  Take out and cool on a rack.     

Enjoy !

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  1. Wow, this is a wholesome meal to me. Nutritious!

  2. I like this, the spinach does add a nice color to these buns...looks delicious!

  3. They looks so delicious!!! love the pops of green and red!!!

  4. The spinach looks awesome on those buns.