Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Three Colours Loaf Bread/ Straight Dough Method

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Recently I had posted a lot of recipes on steamed buns. This time let me switch to bread. Actually I had kept this draft for quite sometimes. Now let me share with you this multi colours loaf bread. They are three colours in one loaf bread. The original recipe is using green tea, curry powder and 红鞠酱. To make it simple I retain one part as plain, cocoa powder and strawberry paste for the other two parts of dough.


Adapted and modified from 孟老师的 100 types bread cookbook
Ingredients: yields about 510g dough
300g bread flour
20g sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp yeast 
180g water

20g margarine/ butter

1 tsp strawberry paste

1 tsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp hot water
* Dissolve and set aside

1. Put all the ingredients (A) inside kneading bowl. Knead to form dough.

2. Add in margarine and knead to form smooth and elastic dough. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions (about 170g each). Retain one part plain. Add in strawberry paste for red portion and cocoa mixture for cocoa portion. Mix till well combine. Shape into balls. Cover and leave to rest for 1 hour 15 minutes separately.

3. Transfer plain dough on to working surface. Slightly knead to remove air bubble. Shape into ball and rest 10 minutes. Repeat the same process for red and cocoa portions.

4. Flatten the plain dough into rectangle (about 20cm long). Roll into strips. Repeat the same process for red and cocoa portions.

5. Braid the strips into plait as shown. Make tight seal at the end.

6. Place the plait inside a greased tin (I'm using cake mould L23cm x W13cm x H8cm) and rest for 45 minutes.

7. Bake in preheated oven 170C for 25-28 minutes. Once cooked, immediately remove from mould and leave to cool on wire rack.

I'm submitting this post to Natural Colours Bakes hosted by Hankerie.




  1. Very nice braiding! The texture looks soft and fluffy too. Somehow, I can never get bread like that with the straight dough method, but after seeing yours, makes me want to try again :)

  2. Really pretty... You braid is good.

  3. Love the colour combo, reminds me of neapolitan ice cream :p

  4. So lovely! I have baked this before using greentea, chocolate and plain...It was beautiful:D

  5. Lovely colour combo! Can I know how many strawberries is needed to get that 1 tsp of strawberry paste? Thanks.

  6. NEL,
    Do try. This recipe is great for soft bread.

    Thank you.

    Sometimes is fun to play with colour dough.

    Ah Tze,
    Thanks. It is come in bottle.I should say strawberries flavour food colouring. :D

  7. I love the colours! pretty! :)

  8. Wow, multicolor bread with a wonderful soft texture! Makes me hungry for a slice!

  9. Pretty colours combination of bread loaf! Love it :)

  10. very softlooking and lovely pink!

  11. Hi Vivian,
    Can I use self raising or cake flour for this recipe? Thanks for sharing.


    1. Using SR flour or all-purpose flour will not give soft bread. So it is not suitable to use those flour.


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