Team Chocomint (the tastiest team) here. I wanted to try making Sanae’s Hyper Rainbow Bread (Ultimate Jam not included). What I ended up with wasn’t quite as dramatic so I’m not sure if I got the “Hyper” part but its undeniably Rainbow-inspired Bread.
The recipe I used was a pretty simple bread using everything you see here:
Basically its just bread flour and filtered water in a roughly 2:1 ratio with a little sugar, salt, and oil. I decided to make it rainbow by splitting the recipe into multiple smaller parts and dyeing them before rolling them together and baking. To start I added a packet of dry active yeast to 1.5c (~350g) of water with a bit of sugar. This is the “water” I used for each individual dough do I don’t have to measure yeast and sugar each time.
For each color I measured out about 80g of bread flour and eyeballing a little salt.
Next I tared the scale and added about 40g of water and a little food coloring.
Then I tried mixing it in a KitchenAid mixer but there wasn’t enough in the bowl for it to really work so I ended up having to knead all the dough by hand.
The first couple colors didn’t turn out very well, but then I decided instead of measuring the water directly into the mixing bowl I should measure it out separately so I can mix the dye with the water
This did a really good job at making the dough more consistently colored.
To combine these I rolled them out then then kinda braided them together into a wad. Bake at 375F for 30 minutes
The result was… kinda underwhelming. I expected the different colors to grow into each other but they grew apart (Cest la vie).
The cross section is nice, but it didn’t rise much. I think I got the water too hot for the yeast. The coloring was also kind of meh for a lot of it. “Its not enough” I muttered as I threw it out and started on version 2.0!
Like I learned from the first attempt, I added the food coloring to the water, not the flour. I also put the yeast directly into the flour instead of proofing it first and just let it rise longer. Finally, instead of letting it free-bake I’m using a loaf pan this time.
Already, I feel the colors are much more vibrant, and this also ended up rising a lot better!
Instead of rolling them into logs, I used a rolling pin to make 6"x6" (ish) sheets. Then I layered these and folded.
I was doing this at like 2AM btw.
Already it looks like it has so much more potential!
This is what it looked like directly out of the pan. And now for the anxious 5 minute cooling period before we can crack this baby in half and get that cross section.
I’m very satisfied with how this second loaf turned out! It’s so weird to eat cause it looks like its going to be a sweet desert but its literally just plain bread, colored. Its not the best bread I’ve ever had but it’ll be fine for Paninis!