Roti Boy Wannabe with Tangzhong Method

During the Easter long weekend, I have been testing a few Roti Boy “Wannabe” recipes I found on the web and whilst all of them resulted fluffy bread, I am still not very happy with the topping. I reckon there must be a secret ingredient to the original roti boy recipe (¬_¬) Note that I usually just make half of the recipe when trying out new ones, also for roti boy, it is best to have them fresh. So by making half the recipe, usually they are gone within the same day or latest the day after baking.

I have posted a recipe of roti boy copycat before in here and I was pretty happy with the recipe. But since then I have experimenting with few more recipes and in my opinion, nothing really beats the tangzhong method to result in super soft bread and actually stay soft for longer. No magic in here, it is just the fact that the dough contain much more liquid than the usual recipe and you will have to knead it longer to achieve the flexible stage – hence the super soft bread texture.

On my third attempt, I realized why not I use my favorite tangzhong method to make the bread. Whilst I really can not do much about the topping, at least make the bread super soft and fluffy would be nicer (っ˘ڡ˘ς), so here we go the recipe below:

Bread, the source is here:

  • 300 grams bread flour
  • 30 grams sugar
  • 8 grams instant dry yeast (I used 1 teaspoon)
  • 25 grams milk powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 50 grams whipping cream/thickened cream
  • For the roux: 20 g Bread flour and 1/2 cup water


  • 10 small cubes of cold butter (if using unsalted butter, sprinkle tiny pinch of salt to each cube of butter)


  • 50 grams butter at room temperature
  • 50 grams icing sugar
  • egg white from 1 egg
  • 60 grams all-purpose flour
  • 10 grams milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon coffee mocha paste, for darker colour

Prepare the water roux at least few hours before you start the bread dough, so that the water roux is at least at room temperature.

I prefer to combine my yeast in the slightly warmed milk and 1 teaspoon of sugar (from the 30 grams as recipe calls for) and let it becomes frothy before adding in to the flour.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and let the mixer does the hard work until it form a ball.

It will still be quite sticky at this stage, so you’ll need to knead the dough a bit on floured surface until it is smooth.

Then, let the dough to rise in warm place for about 1 hours until it becomes double in size.

Release any trapped gas from the dough then divide to 10 equal smaller balls.

Flatten each dough ball and add in the filling, close them up then roll again to a smooth ball. Repeat for all dough balls.

Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper and let the rest for 30 – 45 minutes, meanwhile we prepare the topping.

Topping: combine all ingredients together, whisk until everything is incorporated well. If it is too thick, add water a little at a time (started with 1 tablespoon, then mix well, and add again if needed). The consistency should not be too runny either that you will not able to pipe it onto the top of the bread. Place in a plastic bag or piping bag and snip off the end a little bit.

Pipe the topping in swirl motion starting from the middle all the way down the side of each bread. Repeat for the rest of the bread.

Bake in preheated oven at 170C for about 20 minutes.

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