A Tangzhong starter / Water roux starter is a mixture of flour and water. That is to combine together one portion of bread flour and five portions of water by weight in a pot. Heat up the mixture to bring out the gelatinization of starch in flour. What makes the bread baked with this kind of starter difference is Starch Gelatinization, which helps to engage more water, namely more water will be absorbed, to provide a characteristic softer, more elastic-textured bread. Moreover, the bread will have long-lasting freshness.
- Except butter and cranberries, place all the dough ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix with dough hook at slow speed for 1 minute. Switch to the medium speed, and continue to knead until a dough forms. Add butter gradually and beat until gluten is fully developed, i. e. elastic and smooth. Add in cranberries and mix at slow speed until combined.
- Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, covered and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour until the dough has doubled in size. Divide the dough into 6 even portions, round up and rest for about 10 minutes.
- Press down each dough to release gas and roll out at about 30cm long, roll up. Place 3 rolled dough in each lightly greased loaf pan and cover loosely with a towel. Leave to rise for about 40 minutes. After rising, brush the dough with egg wash and bake in a preheated 175C/350F oven for about 30 minutes.