Some of my Indonesian friends know that this bread would bring the childhood memories back. Do you remember Roti Lauw (there are bread men using bicycle and put the breads on a box on their bike, selling anykind of breads around the neighbourhood) that usually sell this chewy brown bread? I bet you do.
In fact, it's really easy to make, better than the ones I usually bought from the bread man ;). When I baked the bread, my entire flat smell heavenly. I did a little reworked from the original recipe. I skipped milk powder and used coconut powder instead. And added more spices (nutmeg and clove powder).
Gambang Bread - Indonesian Traditional Bread
Original recipe by: Femina Online
Modified by Riana with a little reworked from me
250 g Java red sugar, grated (you can substitute with palm granulated sugar, but the texture would be a little bit drier)
175 ml water
375 g all purpose flour
125 dry fine bread crumbs
25 g milk powder (dita-I used coconut powder)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon powder (dita-I added nutmeg and clove powder)
1/4 tsp vanilla powder/vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
50 to 100 g margarine, to your taste. The more the margarine, the softer the bread. Many people like it chewy. (Original recipe: 200 g)
3 Tbsp water, for brushing
3 Tbsp sesame seeds
1. Boil Java red sugar with water until dissolved and hardboiled. Set aside and let cool.
2. Mix flour, breadcrumbs, milk powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla and egg yolks. Blend well. Pour in sugar syrup, knead until well blended.
3. Blend in margarine, knead until well blended.
4. For the dough into ball shaped, cover with pastic sheet. Set aside for about 30 minutes at room temperature until the dough becomes dry and easy to roll.
5. Uncover, form the dough into round oval shape, each weighed 75 g. Arrange them on greased cookie sheet, give space among them as they will rise. Brush the surface with water, sprinkle with sesame seeds. (dita-don't flatten the oval shape or they will end up like biscotti just like mine :D).
6. Bake in a preheated oven at 150˙Celsius for 30 minutes until done.
Yields 12-15 oval bread