Crispy Chiam Tao Lo Ti (French Loaf)

Ingredients

  • 400g All Purpose Flour / Bread Flour
  • 300ml Lukewarm Water
  • 2 tsp Dried Yeast
  • 1½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour and salt in a separate dry bowl
  2. Place the yeast and the lukewarm water in a mixing bowl. Mix them well and wait for about 10mins for bubbles to appear (aka activating yeast).
  3. Turn on the mixer at LOW speed, slowly add in the flour and salt into the yeast water. Slowly increase the speed to MEDIUM and mix until the batter becomes smooth and sticky (Note: Do not add in more flour to dry the mixture)
  4. Cover the mixed dough with a wet cloth for 1 hour (1st proofing)
  5. Flour the table surface slightly and knead it for 5 to 10 minutes
  6. Put the dough back into a lightly-greased bowl, cover and leave to rise until the dough doubled in size (2nd proofing)
  7. Flour the table surface slightly again, and give your dough a good punch to release gases
  8. Divide the dough into 5 equal weights and make each piece into a ball
  9. Stretch a piece of the dough into a rectangle. Roll the dough up until it looks like a “bolster” shape. Roll the 2 ends of the dough / tuck them under for a nice round french loaf shape (You can make it into any shape and sizes your want. But remember to even them out in weight)
  10. Cover the dough with a wet towel and leave the dough to rise for about 30 to 45 minutes (3rd proofing)

For Air-Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 200°C (Note: Philips AirFyer maximum temperature is 200°C). Set the timer to 10 minutes
  2. Put the dough onto slightly greased parchment paper
  3. Use a sharp knife or blade to cut diagonal slashes (or any lines) into the bread
  4. Spray water onto the dough before putting them into the airfryer
  5. Re-spray water onto the dough after the first 5 minutes of baking
  6. Bake until it becomes golden brown
  7. Cool the bread down before slicing it up for serving

For Conventional Oven

  1. Preheat the conventional oven to 230°C. Set the timer to 20 minutes
  2. Put the dough onto slightly floured baking tray
  3. Use a sharp knife or blade to cut diagonal slashes into the bread
  4. Spray water onto the dough before putting them into the heated oven 
  5. Re-spray water onto the dough after the first 10 minutes of baking
  6. Bake until it becomes golden brown
  7. Cool the bread down before slicing it up for serving

 


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