1. Add bread flour, (or T65 + gluten flour), sugar, salt, butter, milk, water and mayonnaise in the pan of your bread machine. Add yeast in your machine's yeast compartment. Select dough cycle and press start as per manufacturer's instructions.
2. When the dough cycle is complete, remove it from the machine and place on a floured surface.
3. Punch the dough down and divide it in 8 (or 6 pieces) pieces. Cover it with a damp cloth. Let it rest for 10 to 15min.
4. Shape each piece into a round ball. Arrange on lined baking trays. Cover and let rise for 40~60min in a warm place or until the dough has doubled in volume.
5. Bake in a preheated 180℃ oven for about 15min. Remove from the oven and let it cool down on a wire rack.
NOTE : When I don't have mirin in stock at home, I use "apple syrup". Dilute it five times with water.
1.Making the beef topping
In a cooking pot, add all the seasoning ingredients for the beef, and start to cook over medium-high heat. Just before it boils, add the beef. Cook the beef, stirring occasionally. Once it has boiled, turn the heat to low and simmer for 5 min. Set aside.
2.Making the udon soup
In a big cooking pot, add 2L water and katsuo dashi pack (optional, if manage to get some). Turn the heat to high. Just before it boils, add all the soup ingredients (soy sauce, mirin, sugar, salt and dashi powder) and bring it to a boil. Remove the dashi pack powder from the soup. Set aside.
3. In another large pot, bring water to a boil over high heat. Add the udon and cook until just softish (or the hardness you like of course). Drain and split the udon noodles in each large serving bowl. Pour the hot udon soup form #2 over the noodles.
4. Top with the cooked beef and sprinkle some of sliced scallions over the beef. Serve immediately!
In Europe it is a bit difficult to find thinly sliced beef. So I usually purchase a whole cut of beef, then I freeze it and slice it myself. These days I love to use "Basse Cote à Braiser" for this dish.
150g steamed japanese rice (microwave it if the rice was frozen)
1 tbsp sesame
1. In a heat-safe bowl, add rice flour, grated curry roux (or curry powder), sugar and salt. Mix well.
2. Slowly pour the boiled water, using a digital cooking scale. Mix with a silicone spatula until it comes together.
3. Add the steamed rice (microwave it 30s at 600W if it was frozen) and sesame. Knead with your hand (or spatula) until well combined. Pre-heat the oven to 200℃ degree.
4. Spoon some rice mixture (1 to 2 tbsp) and make a ball shape, then flatten it with your hand. Make it thinner using your finger. Place on a baking sheet on an oven tray. Repeat until you use up all the rice mixture.
NOTE : Thinner will make a more crispy senbei!
5. Bake the tray 10min, remove from the oven once and flip all the senbei. Then put it back to the oven and bake again for 10 min.