Hokkaido Black Bread Loaf

Hokkaido bread, isn't it something familar to you? Hokkaido bread is actually bread made with a famous local dairy product of Hokkaido, Japan. Hokkaido milk is very popular among the Japanese because of the rich & creamy milk flavour of the dairy itself. As for us who are staying far away from the land of Hokkaido Milk, so what do we do! No worries, we can always substitute with something else. So, let see what I have here..... not a common one but a complete black bread!
Ingredients :
550gm bread flour
50gm black sesame seeds powder
2 tbsp milk powder
2/3 tspn bamboo charcoal powder (edible)
1 tbsp yeast
4 tbsp sugar
1 tspn salt
250gm milk, lukewarm
150gm thick cream
1 egg, lightly beaten

Method :
(1) combine milk, cream, sugar and yeast, leave aside for 10 mins.
(2) in another big mixing bowl, combine all remaining dry ingredients and mixed well.
(3) then stir in yeast mixture & egg, mix to form a soft dough.
(4) knead the dough till elastic, roughly about 10 mins.
(5) then cover and leave to proof for an hour.
(6) pouch out the air and divide into 4 portion.
(7) roll into balls and set aside, covered for 30 mins.
(8) now flatten dough, fold both side and roll it up like a swiss roll.
(9) place rolled dough into a 10x4.5x4.5" bread pan, proof for another 45mins or untill dough reached 80% of the tray.
(10) finally, bake at 170'C for 40 mins with opened or covered tray. Brush on egg glaze if using uncovered pan.

So, how do you like the colour of true black?

From the info I have, they even making beer milk from Hokkaido milk. They called it as 'BILK'! No kidding! Want to know more? Click to read here. The bread is truely soft even without the used of butter. And the aroma of black sesame is a plus, simply wonderful. Hope you will like it.

Before ending this, I would like to take this opportunity to thank both of these lovely blogger friends for sharing this wonderful award with me. Thank you Elin and Shabunam. I am honoured to be apart of this. And I am happy to pass the award to the following new blogger friends.
(3) Katerina @ Culinary Flavours
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(12) Jen @ Tastes Of Home
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(15) Martha @ Seaside Simplicity
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  1. These are so pretty!! SO different - would love to try this. You always surprise.

  2. Whoa, this cake is stunning! I have never heard of hokkaido milk before, or bamboo charcoal powder before but both sound intriguing. I want to make black cake too!

  3. this is such a nice and uinque bread (: im sure it taste yummy! (:

  4. Congratulations on your award!

  5. You're a real good baker, Kristy...! Everytime I come here, you always have some baked goodies ready to be feasted (by my eyes only, unfortunately...;))

  6. Kristy, this bread sounds&looks really healthy and amazing! You're such a skilled baker!!!

  7. Congratulations on the award and thank you so much for considering me as well among your recipients. I have never seen a bread like this and it sure intrigued me a lot!

  8. An interesting recipe but I am sure I will never find bamboo charcoal powder!!! Congrats on your award. Diane

  9. They look super! I always curious about this bread.

  10. very intriguing bread would love to try some!

  11. How COOL!!! I love it! What a stunning pic of the bread with berry jam:) LOVE THIS!!

  12. Nice bread, love the texture of it, so light and fluffy :-)

  13. I had never heard of Hokkaido Black Bread! Thanks for the info! Kristy, you always make the most fascinating and delicious looking and sounding dishes!

  14. Very pretty black loaf. The bread were so nicely & evenly sliced! :)

  15. Looks very soft and fluffy! I have not used cream in bread before, this is interesting!

  16. Oh Kristy - I just love dark breads. I wish I was the baker you are! Just looking at the photos warmed the cockles of my heart.

  17. Black charcoal powder is also very popular here and your black bread looks light and soft, very healthy too :)

  18. Your bread looks perfect! TBH, I still have yet to try black bread but I heard it's very healthy..I shall get some soon :)

    Thanks very much for the award!!

  19. aww you're fabulous hunny! that bread looks amazing! thank you so much for the award! xoxo have a wonderful tuesday dear!

  20. the bread looks real soft and fluffy kristy

  21. Kristy, as usual your bread is amazing! I am gone for two months, and I come back to more gorgeous baked creations. Love this one. I didn't know about this particular milk...thanks for the info

  22. Congratulations on your award! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the powerful words of encouragement! I am really enjoying meeting so many wonderful people!

  23. This is really cool kristy. I have never seen black bread before. Black sesame sounds good. But more interesting the charcoal. Also I am fascinated by the beer milk (BILK). Sounds really cool. :) Thanks for sharing

  24. 好棒的土司...尤其是在涂抹上红红的果酱后很出色:)

  25. I've always wanted to make black bread! There's something about the colour black that makes it really interesting...haha :) Unfortunately I can't find black charcoal powder here, so I guess I'll have to stick to more normal coloured breads :( Yours looks really nice though- I bet it tasted just as good as it looks!

  26. Interesting recipe..looks awesome!
    Congratulations on the award!

  27. Kristy, I showed my mum your bread and she was quite surprise that it is black. This sounds like a very interesting recipe. Congrats on the well deserved award and many thanks once again for thinking of me for the award. You are very kind to me:D

  28. Whah...black bread...like adding charcoal. I will wear sunglass when I eat this...haha. You are just so creative. Hope you have more fun in the kitchen.

  29. I never had black bread but your's is black beauty! Soft and fluffy ...perfect!

  30. You are a great baker Kristy. Your bread is beautiful. I'm not familiar with the milk. It sounds very interesting.

    We like smoked salmon on black bread.

  31. Intriguing post Kristy. I love being introduced to new ingredients. I will definitely be looking into the milk and the charcoal.

    Thank you so much for sharing...now if I only knew how to bake bread...

  32. such an interesting recipe with the the black sesame powder..sure it smells woderfully fragrant too!

  33. I wish I can have a taste! I have tasted this bread once, and it's so fragrant and delicious!^-^

    p/s: I had green one too!

  34. Belinda : Thank you! I love the black too eventhough it's forbidden for the Chinese. haha...

    Roxan : Ah, it's a bread but cake. LOL! ha..

    Sweetylicious : Thanks! Glad you like it too.

    Jess : Thank you!

    Beth : Thanks!

    Cooking Gallery : That's very sweet of you to say that. I'm honoured. Thank you very much.

    Kumi : Thank you for your lovely comment. I'm really appreciate it.

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    Diane : Thank you! I'll check out the link for you.

    Elra : Thank you so much.

    Claudia : Wish I could share some with you!

    Amy : Thanks!

  35. Juliana : Thanks! Glad you like it too.

    Andrea : Thank you! There's so much to learn about and am still learning.

    Cathy : Ya, I have to admit the texture is perfect.

    Jeannie : Yes, this is my first time too!

    Claudia : :o) Oooo....How I wish I could share this with you too!

    Ann : I only managed to find them last year. And it's quite pricy too.

    Jen : Looking forward to your black bread too. :o)

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    Tana : Now, you did! Ya, I wonder how it tastes like too. haha...

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  36. une recette originale et fantastique impressionne par la couleur du pain
    félicitation pour le prix tu le mérites bravo
    bonne journée

  37. Venorica : haha... as expected, normally elderly don't like black stuffs! And it's forbidden especially during CNY.

    MaryMoh : Why sunglasses? You'll bite on your fingers.

    Sutapa : Ha.. what a nice word for my bread. :o) Thanks so much!

    Sam : Thank you so much for your kind comment. I'm really appreciate it. How I wish I could share the bread with you.

    louise : I'm sure you can do it too! Believe in yourself.

    Lena : ya, it's quite unique!

    Thank you so much everyone for visiting and spending your time here with me today. Thanking for all your encouraging comments. I'm really blessed and appreciate it.

    Hope you're all having a fabulous day. Enjoy!

    Blessings, Kristy

  38. Alice : I love colourful things especially in food.

    Fimere : Merci, and glad you like the colour fo the bread too. :o)

    Thank you very much for stopping by ladies. Glad that you're here. Hope you're all having a great day.

    Cheers, Kristy

  39. Thanks you so much for the award! You make me feel so special :) The bread looks great too, I love trying new things. I have to find the charcoal powder now and purchase black sesame seeds! PS- I cannot wait to make your steamed bun, I have tried a few times but have not gotten the right 'one' yet. My husband will be so happy when I can perfect them. The lemon chicken also looks amazing. Have a great week and thanks for being a follower too!

  40. Oh- also, am I supposed to pass along the Stylish Blogger Award as you did? How fun!

  41. oh I remember the charcoal powder :-)) The loaf looks terrific!

  42. I've been keeping Hokaido bread recipes for quite sometime already, when I first started Tangzhong bread making. You didn't use Tangzhong for this recipe? Very unique in making black bread :-P

    Thanks for your award, I'm so flattered.

  43. How daring you are.
    This feels like a high-end look that I could totally show off with ;o)

    Thanks for the inspiration Kristy!

    Flavourful wishes,

  44. This bread is truly unique! Never thought of using black sesame seeds flour in bread. The bread must be fragrant and delicious!

  45. Oh wow this bread is just amazing, I am trying to imagine the wonderful taste and aroma...just beautiful!
    Congratulations on your award and thank you so much for including me :)
    Hope you are having a lovely week!

  46. So that is how they make black bread, it is very interesting. I would like to make it sometime.

  47. WOW!!! Thank you sooo much:) Now I just have to figure out how to put take that and apply it to my site..I am a little challenged with this stuff:):)

  48. Leave it to you to come up with such an original loaf of bread. Beautifully done daaaahling, your award is well deserved!
    *kisses* HH

  49. love the black bread loaf, it looks soft and fluffy!

  50. Yeah, substitution is the best solution! I bet without that Hokkaido milk, this loaf still turns out really soft and yummy! ;) Nice one Kristy!

  51. Amazing! Black bread. I've never seen it or heard of it! Fascinating, Kristy!

  52. Wow! I have had dark bread - rye or pumpernickel - but never black bread. It is SO cool, I can just imagine the colorful sandwiches you could make with it!

  53. That looks so good! I must try it!

  54. What an interesting bread!! I would absolutely love to try this. It baked up so beautifully!

  55. Black bread! Reminds me of the black garlic charcoal bread they sell here.

  56. Nat : You're welcome! Hope you enjoy every moment here. Btw, it's all on you to pass it along to others. Let the game go on & on and have fun. Actually, it's an encouragement to other blogger as well.

    Angie : Have you found the charcoal powder already?

    Yin : There's many kind of bread making method. Tangzhong is just one of them. You don't have to stick with the same one all the time. I like trying new & quick method for bread making.

    Claudia : haha... Oh how sweet of you to say that! Thank you so much for your lovely words.

    Rebecca : Nope, not cool but HOT! haha....

    Biren : Yes, it is! Black sesame is such a fabulous ingredient in bread making and also steam bun.

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    Thanks everyone for visiting and spending your valueable time here with me today. It's such a great pleasure to hear from you.
    Hope you're all having a great day.

    Blessings, Kristy

  57. Your recipes are always so amazing! Thank you so much for this lovely award! (((HUGS)))

  58. How unique , first I thought it was a black and white photo , I love the pic with the strawberries .

  59. Thank you so much for reminding of me for this award...You are very kind!!!
    I'll take it now...

    Many kisses,

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  60. Kristy, only you would make black bread...I love it! You are so creative and informative as well. That's what I love about your blog! and you of course!


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