Although I’ve been to South Korea before, I haven’t learnt of Gyeran-ppang, a popular kind of Korean Street food, until I came across its picture a week ago. Being a soft sponge cake with a molten egg in the centre, what’s not to love?
Fancified YW Gyeran-ppang계란빵 (Korean Egg Bread)
Inspired by Maangchi from https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/gyeran-ppang
60g 100% Freshly milled red whole wheat flour
20g 33.3% Yeast water
20g 33.3% Flour from total flour
40g 66.7% Flour from total flour
~60g 100% 1 large whole egg
40g 66.7% Whey
40g 66.7% Leaven
6g 10% Diastatic barley malt
0.6g 1% Salt
-g -% 3 large whole eggs, cold from fridge
5g 8.3% Freshly shredded Parmesan
Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until doubled, around 5 hours.
Mix together the batter ingredients and ferment for 3 hours. Divide the batter among 3 oiled ramekins. Retard for 10 hours.
Preheat the oven at 200°C/392°F. Remove the ramekins from the fridge. Crack an egg into each ramekin then sprinkle the Parmesan on the edge. Bake for 15 minutes for molten yolks. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
I made my first yeast water starter with dried dates a week ago, which was then fed with raisins. To try it out, these cakes were leavened purely with yeast water.
Whey was used instead of water or milk to keep the bread light and moist, in the absence of butter and oil. The bread is spongy and springy with a slight chew so don’t expect a chiffon cake texture out of it.
Unlike the authentic version, the sponge cake at the bottom isn’t merely an edible container for the egg, which often gets all the attention. It is a real star on its own. Since there’s no butter to district you, the richness of the egg, and the sweetness and maltiness of red wheat and barley malt truly come through. The Parmesan added the savory factor that brought the bread to another level.
Durum is another grain I’ve long wanted to work with other than kamut. Since the two grains share similar yellow colour, I was curious in knowing whether their taste resembles each others as well. As durum is most commonly used in pasta making, the components of this bread are some of my favorite pasta ingredients.
50% Durum Italian Pasta SD with 25% Sprouted Durum
Dough flour (all freshly milled):
150g 50% Whole white wheat flour
75g 25% Sprouted durum flour
75g 25% Whole durum flour
10g 3.3% Starter
45g 15% Bran sifted out from dough flour
45g 15% Whey
255g 85% Dough flour excluding bran for leaven
177g 59% Water
60g 20% Whey
100g 33.3% Leaven
6g 2% Freshly grated Parmesen
9g 3% Vital wheat gluten
3g 1.5% Salt
45g 15% Caramelized brussel sprouts, cut into one eighths
15g 5% Toasted pine nuts
305g 100% Whole grain
287g 94.1% Total hydration
Sift out the coarse bran from the dough flour, reserve 45g for leaven. Soak the rest, if any, in equal amount of water taken from dough ingredients.
Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until doubled, around 4 hours.
Roughly combine all dough ingredients except for the salt, leaven, and soaked bran, autolyse for 15 minutes. Knead in the reserved ingredients and ferment for 15 minutes. Fold in the add-ins then ferment for 2 hours longer.
Preshape the dough then let it rest for 15 minutes. Shape the dough and put in into a banneton. Retard for 12 hours.
Preheat the oven at 250°C/482°F.
Score and spritz the dough then bake directly from the fridge at 250°C/482°F with steam for 15 minutes then without steam for 25 minutes more or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 208°F. Let cool for at least 2 hours before slicing.
The dough was noticeably stiff but I held onto adding more water. This was because lower hydration is usually chosen for dough composed primarily of durum according to my observation. However, it happened to be a mistake, as evidenced by the closed crumb.
Not too surprisingly, durum has a flavour profile that reminds me of kamut. This bread is again, sweet and sourness is barely detectable. I was hesitant about putting brussel sprouts into bread but my worries were unnecessary: their sweetness and slight bitterness go really well with durum. Everything you can find on top of pizza would be nice in sourdough :)
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