Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Home-Baked White Sandwich Bread Loaf

I have been wanting to try and bake my own bread for long and Allen has been motivating me to give it a try. With no experience in baking breads, I decided to settle on the basic white sandwich bread to begin with. After some online search I settled on this recipe at the Kitchn site.

I have read about bread baking a number of times and also how tricky it can be to work with yeast. So I decided to read some more before I proofed the yeast for my first bread loaf and the tip I found helpful is to check it with sugar.

Tip when working with Yeast: 

  • Measure out the water for your recipe and pour about a half-cup of it into a bowl
  • Sprinkle the yeast and a pinch of sugar over the top, give it a stir. Allow to stand for a few minutes
  • If the yeast is still active, it will dissolve completely into the water and the liquid will start bubbling like this

So when I achieved the desired result with the yeast, I decided to proceed with the bread. The original recipe yields 2 loaves, but I used half the recipe for my first try.

Basic White Sandwich Bread
adapted from theKitchn

1 teaspoon active-dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon white sugar (for bread) + 1/2 teaspoon ( to proof yeast)
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 1/2 - 3 cups all-purpose flour or maida
handful chopped fresh coriander
1 teaspoon flax-seeds

  • First proof the yeast using the above method
  • In a separate bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Stir in the milk, sugar, and salt

  • Pour 1/2 cup of flour and the milk mixture over the yeast. Stir until this comes together into a loose, lumpy batter

  • Add another 2 cups of flour, reserving the remaining 1/2 cup if the dough is sticky during kneading
  • Mix well too form a sticky dough.Using a dough hook attachment of hand blender or using your hand knead the dough till you get a smooth dough (If the dough is sticky against the sides of the bowl or the counter, add extra flour a tablespoon at a time until it is no longer sticky)
  • Form the dough into a ball. Take some oil on palm of your hands and roll the dough ball in your hands to coat it with oil
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm spot until doubled ( this should take about one hour)
  • Knead the dough once again and punch out the air. Add the chopped coriander and give a nice knead once again ( use extra flour if required). 

  • Grease a loaf pan and roll the dough with our hands and place it in the pan. Sprinkle flax-seeds and let the loaf rise a second time until it start to dome over the edge of the pan (this should take 25-30 minutes)

  • Preheat oven to 200ÂșC and place the pan in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes
  • Once done, remove the loaf from the pan and let it cool completely before slicing

So what do you think about the bread?? I was thrilled with the result and think its a great recipe for beginners on the bread making! :)

I was so excited that I went ahead and made some broccoli soup to go with it. Voila! Happy Baking :)

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