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20200521 Ms. Yvonne Chen's Ham & Cheese Toast

Yippee's picture

20200521 Ms. Yvonne Chen's Ham & Cheese Toast


When you see the title of my blog post, you might wonder, "Who is Yvonne Chen?" You may not know who she is, but you must have heard of Tangzhong.  Ms. Chen is the author of "65C Tangzhong Bread", which had generated a rave for Tangzhong bread making in the Asian baking community over a decade ago. Back then, I just started learning bread making.  The first bread I ever made was the Hokkaido Tangzhong milk bread from her book, and this was also the first bread I shared on TFL!  Today, I will share with you another excellent bread recipe from her book--the ham and cheese toast. 


From my experience, I know that Ms. Chen's formulae produce delicious bread.  Therefore, I want to maintain her recipe's integrity as much as possible--I only changed her formula minimally to suit my procedures. As you know, lately, I have "CLASified" all the bread I make; this one is no exception. CLAS is a life-saver for a busy mom like me--generating flavorful loaves has never been easier. I can't tell you how much I enjoy the peace-of-mind in breadmaking that CLAS has brought me.  Here it is, another excellent loaf made with CLAS:


95% Ultimate Performer


39% water

24% egg

5% butter

10% sugar

0.9% salt

0.9% yeast


Total dough weight ~ 390g for 9x4x4 tin



ham, diced

Havarti cheese, diced



lightly rehydrated chopped onion


Mozzarella cheese

chopped parsley



88-91F ish x 30 minutes



3 pieces, split each into 2 after incorporating the filling







91-93F ish x 120 minutes



365F x 35 minutes




















 Place the dough cut-side up after you cut each piece in half




Benito's picture

Beautiful bread Yippee the ham and cheese are so perfectly distributed throughout the bread. It really looks delicious.  I made Hokkaido Tangzhong bread only once with IDY, I’ll have to make it again using my sourdough starter at some point.


Yippee's picture


You have many options to make a sourdough milk bread. Generally, I find that the sour aftertaste of sourdough bread doesn’t go well with sweet bread.  That’s why some bakers go through a lengthy, rigorous feeding schedule at a fairly warm temperature to minimize the acidity while building a robust levain for panettone/pan d’oro. A less labor-intensive alternative is using yeast water, but it also takes a long time.  For me, the best way, of course, is using CLAS. It gives a baker powerful control over flavor with minimum work.  But it is not suitable for hardcore sourdough purists because it requires the use of yeast.  I hope you will find an appropriate way to make the sourdough milk bread.

Thank you for your comments.






suminandi's picture

So delicious-looking!

Yippee's picture

indeed! 

DanAyo's picture

That bread is a “Best in Show”. I can’t imagine anything that would make it more visually appealing. Every single detail is gorgeous! Those images definitely qualify for Bread Porn...


Yippee's picture

for your kind words!