Sweet Hawaiian Bread & Buns

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Sweet Hawaiian Bread made with pineapple juice, it's sweeter than a brioche, with a super soft crumb. Perfect for French toast or burgers!A sweet Hawaiian favorite made with pineapple juice, this bread tastes sweeter than a brioche, but with a very soft crumb. Growing up in Los Angeles means you are fortunate enough to enjoy a melting pot of different cuisines available to you at all times. Before moving to Sacramento, we lived in a neighborhood referred to as the South Bay, near Redondo and Manhattan Beach where there is a restaurant in town called King’s Hawaiian. If you aren’t local to the restaurant, you probably recognize the name as the makers of the packages of sweet dinner rolls you can find in your local grocery store.  Sweet Hawaiian Bread made with pineapple juice, it's sweeter than a brioche, with a super soft crumb. Perfect for French toast or burgers!In the restaurant with a full service bakery that makes the most delicious pastries, cakes and breads you can find. If you are local you are familiar with how legendary the rainbow bread and paradise cake are. When I came across the recipe for this bread I knew I needed to make some, just to get a bit of the flavors of home. As delicious as the rolls in the stores are, they pale in comparison to the fresh baked variety you will find here. Sure it takes a few hours of rising time, but the flavor of the bread and the smell that will waft through your house will help you forget the effort involved in making it!

In the bowl of your stand mixer combine 1/4 cup flour, 1 tablespoon instant yeast and 2 tablespoons water to make the sponge. Allow the sponge to rest for 15 minutes. Sweet Hawaiian Bread made with pineapple juice, it's sweeter than a brioche, with a super soft crumb. Perfect for French toast or burgers!
Add the pineapple juice, butter, brown sugar, eggs and yolk, and vanilla. Mix until completely combined. Whisk together the rest of the flour, potato flour, and salt before adding to the liquid ingredients. Mix and knead until the dough is cohesive and smooth, it may take a while because it will be really sticky at first.

Use a flat beater in your stand mixer for 3 minutes. Switch to a dough hook for 5 minutes on medium speed. If it is still sticking like crazy add a couple more tablespoons of flour. Grease a large mixing bowl and form the dough into a ball. Put into the bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for 1.5 to 2 hours. Grease a pan or a loaf pan. You can make two loaves or 16 small buns. I made one loaf and 4 large hamburger buns.Sweet Hawaiian Bread made with pineapple juice, it's sweeter than a brioche, with a super soft crumb. Perfect for French toast or burgers!
Gently deflate the dough and form into bread in your desired size. Cover dough lightly with plastic wrap. Let rise again for at least an hour until really puffy. Mix the leftover egg white with 1 tablespoon cold water. Brush the mixture on the dough. Sweet Hawaiian Bread made with pineapple juice, it's sweeter than a brioche, with a super soft crumb. Perfect for French toast or burgers!

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Preheat oven to 350°.
Bake small rolls (this would make 16) for 20 to 25 minutes.
Bake buns for 25 minutes.
Bake loaf bread for 30-35 minutes.

Dinner then Dessert TIPSYou can also make this recipe in your bread machine, the link provided in the recipe will give you more information about the process if using one.

Sweet Hawaiian Bread made with pineapple juice, it's sweeter than a brioche, with a super soft crumb. Perfect for French toast or burgers!
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Hawaiian Bread & Buns

Sweet from the pineapple juice and soft, this bread is just like the cult favorite King's Hawaiian bread. Works great with sandwiches, grilled cheeses and french toast. Perfect with pulled pork or chicken sandwiches too. This bread is versatile and addictive!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Dinner, then Dessert

Ingredients

  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour , divided
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup softened , unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk , white reserved
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons potato flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine 1/4 cup flour, 1 tablespoon instant yeast and 2 tablespoons water to make the sponge.
  2. Allow the sponge to rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the pineapple juice, butter, brown sugar, eggs and yolk, and vanilla
  4. Mix until completely combined.
  5. Whisk together the rest of the flour, potato flour, and salt before adding to the liquid ingredients.
  6. Mix and knead until the dough is cohesive and smooth, it may take a while because it will be really sticky at first.
  7. Use a flat beater in your stand mixer for 3 minutes.
  8. Switch to a dough hook for 5 minutes on medium speed.
  9. If it is still sticking like crazy add a couple more tablespoons of flour
  10. Grease a large mixing bowl and form the dough into a ball.
  11. Put into the bowl and cover with a towel.
  12. Let rise for 1.5 to 2 hours.
  13. Grease a pan or a loaf pan. You can make two loaves or 16 small buns.
  14. I made one loaf and 4 large hamburger buns.
  15. Gently deflate the dough and form into bread in your desired size.
  16. Cover dough lightly with plastic wrap.
  17. Let rise again for at least an hour until really puffy.
  18. Mix the leftover egg white with 1 tablespoon cold water.
  19. Brush the mixture on the dough.
  20. Preheat oven to 350°.
  21. Bake small rolls (this would make 16) for 20 to 25 minutes.
  22. Bake buns for 25 minutes.
  23. Bake loaf bread for 30-35 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

This bread is amazing when still warm and right out of the oven. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself standing by the counter eating pieces of it that you tear off the loaf. We usually make a double or triple recipe so we can enjoy it warm and have slices for sandwiches and french toast and rolls for burgers.

Sweet Hawaiian Bread made with pineapple juice, it's sweeter than a brioche, with a super soft crumb. Perfect for French toast or burgers!

 

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