I'm trying to recreate a very specific brand of white bread from my parents' hometown, which isn't available outside about a 60-mile radius since the bakery doesn't use preservatives. But it's DANG good, and I'd like to be able to make something similar for myself in between trips to visit my parents.
The things I know about the bread are:
- VERY pale, despite apparently using wheat flour - pure white inside and a very light tan on the crust
- Extremely light and airy inside, with a fairly open crumb
- Delicate, almost sweet flavor, with none of the usual "yeasty" or "bready" flavors in typical white breads
- Makes a very lightweight but sturdy and crispy toast
- Supposedly made from a German recipe from 1852, unchanged except for "the removal of lard" (I don't know what, if anything, replaced the lard)
- The ingredients listed on the packaging are
Enriched wheat flour,
shortening (soybean and palm oils),
I've made a few attempts at recreating the recipe, but so far haven't had any luck. The main problem is that no matter what I do, I can't eliminate the "yeasty" or "bready" taste. The closest I've gotten is by replacing half the water in a standard white bread recipe with buttermilk, substituting lard for shortening, and substituting all the sugar except what starts the yeast, with half the amount of malted milk powder (I've ordered proper diastatic malt powder but it'll be a while before it arrives).
However, among other issues, that recipe still results in the distinct "yeasty" or "bready" taste that I'm trying to avoid. I found this question which asks about how to increase the yeast flavor in bread, but I'm not yet good enough at bread science to reverse the answers.
How can I remove the "yeasty" flavor from my bread, ideally while also maintaining the characteristics listed above?