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Need bread to be very hollow and cottony inside, while crusty outside

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ystamp

Need bread to be very hollow and cottony inside, while crusty outside

I am trying to re-create a bread that I enjoyed while in Panama.  The bread was very pale in color but very crusty at the same time.  And the inside was very hollow and soft like cotton that melts in your mouth.  It is made with fresh yeast, which I used, since my grocery store sells it.  The bread does not have any sugar or fat in it.  I was able to achieve the pale color and the crust, but I am not able to get the inside hollow, dense, and cottony soft. I used AP flour, fresh yeast, water and salt.  I don't know what I am missing.  I am wondering if adding powder milk would do the trick?  Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Mini Oven

:)  What shape is the loaf?

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ystamp

correct, there is no crumb inside and the one I am making has crumbs . . . 

it has a weird shape, like an elongated "S" so think of a stretched "S" so instead of the ends being curved, they have a point . . . I hope I am making sense :-)

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Mini Oven

Is it a panned bread or a free form?  Does it look like it was filled and rolled up?  Could the hollow be trapped air done with a loose rolling of the dough?  Got any pictures?  :)

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ystamp

they are free form, like mini bagettes.  There is no filling in it. It is crusty and pale in color and like air inside or cotton that melts in your mouth. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture.  But I remember them looking like mini bagettes but the shape was like an elongated "S". 

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aytab

So they are crust covered air?

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ystamp

that is correct, they are like crust covered air, but does not contain any eggs or fat

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ystamp

thank you for including the link but the fried hojaldres that they mentioned in there are similar to a funnel cakes but without the powder sugar. Those are made with baking powder. Not bread.  These are crispy like mini bagette and the inside is like a popover

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KMIAA

Is the inside texture like a popover?

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ystamp

Exactly.  The inside has the same texture like a popover; so it has no crumb or very little; and the outside is crusty but very pale in color.  I was able to get the crust and the pale color but the inside has crumbs.  I believe that popovers are made with butter and eggs but this bread does not have either.

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Mini Oven

Another mystery bread being teased to give up its secrets at the moment.

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ystamp

Thank you for the name of the bread.  I went into Google Panama and did a search for the Pan de Cristal and found so many different versions of it.  One looked like a flat bread and there were others that had a lot of crumb; and then I saw the perfect one that had a lot of air in it but that one was for sale only, no recipe available for that one.  What a bummer :-)  Oh well, it seems as if I will have to settle for the version I came up with on my own :-)  Thanks again for all of your ideas/suggestions.

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KMIAA

Did you figure out a recipe for this bread?  If so, could you post the ingredients and how you made the bread?  Thanks

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ystamp

Hello, I will be sure and post the recipe once I have perfected it. I want to try 2 more things - one with adding some dry milk just to see if that does the trick. Another person suggested that I add more water and make a wet dough with less kneading, so I will try both of those and see if I get it closer to what I enjoyed while in Panama.  Thank you!

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ssorllih

Try a very wet dough shaped in much flour with no kneading and stretched into shape.

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ystamp

I have been looking at some other recipes and I did notice that most of them have more water than the amount I am using, so I will try adding another 1/4 cup of water and see if that does the trick.   Thank you for the suggestion.