Friday, September 16, 2011

Back To Basics-How to Make Bread.

Gather your ingredients...



I use this old baby bottle for precise measurements...


Pop the yeast, sugar and water in the mixer bowl...


Add half the flour, then some water...


Don't forget to scrape the sides...


Apparently it is "Yummy, I like it mummy"


Change to dough hook...


More flour, bit by bit...



More scraping...


More flour...


Be prepared for a little mess...


Starting to cling to the hook...


Increase speed!


Looking good...


Out of the mixer bowl and into a large, greased bowl...


Cover with cling wrap, greased on the side facing down, to rise...


Go outside, enjoy the sunshine and water some plants...

It has risen!


Punch down. Great stress relief...


Pop out onto a lightly floured bench and give it a gentle knead...


And a little more...


Divide the dough (I did double the recipe) and shape a loaf piece...


Chop up the other half with some scissors..


Shape into rolls and place on tray...


We have a little leftover...


Roll it out and grab some yummy things...


Spread with the chocolate and sprinkle with the sultanas...


Now roll it up...


Mmm oozing out the ends. Better clean it up a bit...


Let everything rise while the oven heats up...


Brush with milk...(And sprinkle with sesame seeds if you desire)


Then bake in a super hot oven...


Crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside. Perfect!



Mmm enjoy!


When the loaf has cooled (usually after sampling some while it is hot, spread with margarine) I slice and pop into a plastic bag in the freezer.

I loosely base my recipe on this one from the lovely Down to Earth blog, with a few small changes.

So here is my recipe, which will yield one loaf, or about 6 rolls.

Basic Bread

Ingredients:

1 1/2 teaspoons dried instant yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
65mls warm water
3¾ cups baker's flour - also called strong flour, high protein flour or bread flour
½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon milk powder
250 mls warm water + more if necessary


Directions:

If using a mixer, follow the photos above as well as reading these directions for hand making.

  • Place yeast, 65mls warm water and sugar in a small bowl and leave to activate. I use instant yeast, so this is unecessary, but is the best way to start off in the mixer.
  • Place flour, salt and milk powder in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  • Pour yeast mix into the centre of the flour mix and add half the other warm water. Mix, adding the rest of the water as needed.
  • Adjust the dough with extra water or flour if needed (see photos to get an idea of what it should look like)
  • Place on a floured surface and knead for about 8 minutes, or until the dough springs back when you poke it with a finger.
  • Place in a clean, greased bowl and cover with greased cling wrap and leave in a warm (but not direct sunlight) spot until at least doubled in size.
  • Pop out onto floured surface and gently knead for a few minutes.
  • Heat oven to 230*C, or 250* if yours goes that high (lucky you, mine is awful!).
  • Shape dough and place on a tray or in a loaf tin.
  • Cover with greased cling wrap and leave to rise while the oven heats up.
  • Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds, or any other seeds you like.
  • Place in the oven and bake, at highest temperature for 10minutes, then reduce temperature to 200*C and bake for approx 30mins or until the crust is golden and the bread makes a hollow thud when you tap it.
  • Take out of tin and cool on a cooling rack.
  • Sit back and admire your handywork, and reward yourself with a piece of fresh, hot bread, smeared with butter or margarine and maybe even a little jam. :)
If you are interested in trying out some different breads, I highly recommend this book:


Every recipe I have tried has been a success and tasted divine! The instructions are easy to read and it also has a lot of information on the basics of bread making, techniques and equipment you will need.







1 comment:

  1. Using a baby body for precision? GENIUS!

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