Friday, 7 September 2012

pain au lait with sultanas..

i made this sultana milk loaf today without a recipe but when i looked online later to see if there were similar recipes i found that my bread resembles the classic french pain au lait ..

it was a wonderful dough to work with because it was beautifully silky, luxuriant and well well behaved i mean that it was easy to knead and shape..i kept the sugar content low so that the bread would be suitable to have with cheese and for sweet use..

the warm bread was complimented by 'duet' cheese

pain au lait with sultanas
tea with hazel

500 gms unbleached white flour
300 mls (approximately) cold full cream milk (i used barambah organic unhomogenised milk)
1 teaspoon  (3.5 gms) instant yeast
1 tablespoon (tbs) sugar
1 tbs murray river salt 
60 gms butter cubed
3/4 cup sultanas
1 egg 
1 tbs milk extra
1 tsp powdered gelatine
1 tbs sugar extra
1 tbs boiling water


~place flour, sugar, yeast and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer
~with the motor running add enough cold milk to make a soft dough
~rest for 10 minutes 
~add salt and knead for 1 minute
~rest and knead for two more cycles
~remove the bowl from the mixer, cover with greased cling film, and prove until doubled
~turn dough onto a lightly flour dusted bench and knead in sultanas
~cover loosely with cling film and rest for 15 minutes
~knead for a further minute and rest for another 15 minutes
~divide the dough in two, shape into round loaves, and place in a well greased bread tin
~cover loosely with cling film and leave to prove until nearly doubled
~beat together the egg and extra milk and brush the top of the dough
~bake at 220 deg c with steam for 20 minutes
~reduce the oven temperature to 180 deg c, cover the tin loosely with foil to prevent burning, and cook for a further 20-25 minutes
~mix gelatine, extra sugar and boiling water in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water until the gelatine and sugar dissolve
~after removing the bread from the tin brush the top of the loaf with the gelatine and sugar glaze


the crust of the bread is crispy on the sides and softer with a sweet stickiness on the top..the sultanas add a welcome sweetness to the light but moist crumb..i think this bread will become a regular feature in my bread making repertoire..i have visions of a wobbly bread and butter pudding featuring generous slices of my pain au lait with sultanas..

'duet' is an artisan cheese hand made in south australia
using 50% cow's and 50% goat's  milk


  1. I love how shiny your loaf looks and I can almost taste the bread and butter pudding !

  2. Good morning Jane...this looks really beautiful. Love the shiny crust and the soft looking interior! Your bread and butter pudding would be a treat. I bet that cheese is delicious too x

  3. Jane, yum! That looks fantastic! Is it possible for you to add a "subscribe by email" option to your sidebar? I can't get RSS feeds to work, but I've noticed other blogspot blogs offer the email option. I don't like to miss your posts! :)

  4. hi celia and thanks..i've been very remiss with offering the email option..thanks for prompting me..i'll get onto it right away..