This pandan raisin bread is made just a little more special, sprinkled with a sweet buttery crumble topping, with a soft and moist crumb.
Gosh, I’ve been on the bread wagon lately, feeling a whole lot of craving for sweet dough. Today, I’m sharing how to make pandan raisin bread.
This is an easy and delicious sweet bread loaf recipe for you! I promise this won’t take up too much time. I absolutely think that baking bread should always be fun and easy.
Hopefully, you won’t feel like you’ve spent an entire day in the kitchen. Though, I have to admit that I do enjoy whiling away hours in mine.
About this pandan raisin bread
I’ve just spent the past week baking these wonderfully old-fashioned looking, sweet bread loaves.
Sliced, toasted, and slathered with gobs of butter and kaya, pandan raisin bread is my idea of a none-too-sweet, none-too-indulgent afternoon tea. In spite of what I just said about the butter, mind you.
Hubs has been raving about it. Coming from a man who loves his bread and knows his food, it spoke volumes about Chef Alex Goh’s recipe and I just had to share it with you all here.
I was thinking of ways to use up my leftover pandan juice and coconut milk from when I made Nonya kaya (coconut egg jam) earlier this week. I didn’t want these to go to waste, so this pandan raisin bread recipe was just perfect.
The perfect tropical flavour combo of pandan and coconut
Infused with rich pandan and coconut flavours, and filled with sweet raisins, these are delicious! But wait, that’s not all!
This pandan raisin bread is made just a little more special. It’s crust is generously sprinkled with a sweet, buttery crumble topping baked to golden crispness.
And what ultimately awaits you is a tender and moist crumb that’s delightful to eat.
Let’s not forget too, that gorgeous, tropical pandan green hue. It will surely perk you up and make you feel so gratified.
Can I omit pandan paste and green colouring?
I’ve made an all-natural version of this bread. Basically, I omitted the use of artificial green colouring, and you’re perfectly welcome to do that as well.
But I’ve had to re-think that, as the bread turned out looking a little grungy. This is because the amount of pandan juice was just not enough to tinge the dough to a uniform light green hue.
So, I opted to add just a trickle of pandan paste. First, to infuse it with a more vivid colour. After all, we do eat with our eyes, right? Second, to intensify the pandan flavour.
Ingredients for pandan raisin bread
For the dough:
- Bread flour
- Instant yeast
- Milk powder
- Coconut milk
- Pandan juice (here’s a post on how to extract natural pandan juice in 10 minutes)
- Pandan paste
- Butter (or ghee)
For the crumble topping:
- All-purpose flour or plain flour
How to make pandan raisin bread
This is an easy mix and knead recipe you can do by hand or in a stand mixer. Though a stand mixer would definitely make easy work of this. There are 5 easy steps to making the dough:
Mix and knead the dough
- Mix the dry ingredients – bread flour, instant yeast, milk powder, sugar and salt together. Separately, combine the wet ingredients – egg, coconut milk, pandan juice, pandan paste and water.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry flour mixture, and knead until you get a rough dough. Then add the butter (ghee) and knead until the dough becomes soft and smooth.
- Then, knead in the raisins until well incorporated. It might be helpful to finish this part by hand to get all the raisins well incorporated into the dough.
- Set the dough aside or in a lightly greased bowl, covered. Let it rise for 50 to 60 minutes (1st rise/proof), or until doubled in volume.
- Meanwhile, this will be the time to make the crumble topping.
Divide and shape the dough, and fill the loaf pan
- Divide and shape the dough into small balls. I took the easy way out! Instead of tediously weighing 15 to 20 g portions of dough, I simply portioned out one-inch blobs of dough and moulded these into balls.
- When placing these into your loaf tin, fill the base with a loosely packed layer of dough balls. Don’t worry about the gaps in between. The balls will expand in volume to fill those in-between spaces.
- Then pile the rest on top, working one layer at a time, and try to end up with a level top layer.
- Set aside to rise again (2nd rise/proof) for another 45 minutes or so. Just long enough until the loaf has risen to or just above the edge of the loaf pan.
- After 2nd rise, brush the top of the dough with egg wash and sprinkle crumble topping. In a pre-heated oven, bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Watch the magic happen in your oven, as that loaf bakes and crusts to a beautiful golden brown!
More pandan and coconut treats
Nonya kaya (Coconut Egg Jam)
If you want the perfect accompaniment to this pandan raisin bread, try making your very own home-made Nonya kaya (coconut jam) spread.
Kaya is a rich and creamy custard spread. It is prepared with eggs, coconut milk, flavoured with pandan juice and sweetened with sugar.
Pandan chiffon cake
Also, the love doesn’t stop there! You can’t afford to miss this recipe for a true-blue Asian cake classic – Pandan Chiffon Cake.
Enjoy this rich, moist, cotton-soft light and fluffy pandan and coconut-flavoured chiffon cake.