Thursday, 28 April 2016

Bread :) too much to say and so little time.

So bread, it's such a fun thing to make, for me it's all about the journey you are on. A relaxing adventure and tactile use of your hands, 

Grab any recipe. I won't be putting one up as I feel most recipes will do this justice:) and I generally don't use one. 

So whatever you've done grabbed a recipe or just a bowl. Follow along. 

Take a bowl and put the yeast, warm water, sugar and oil in. Let it sit for 15 minutes if you are patient, this will allow you to wake up the yeast:) it was kinda sleepy prior to this point. So say you have 1 cup of liquid in your bowl, you don't want to over power your mix with flour right off.
Slowly pour 1/2 to 1 cup of flour at a time, if you are putting salt or egg or any other special additions put them in at this point.  As you mix your water mixture will turn into a thin porridge and then thick oatmeal kinda style. At this point you will ensure your hands are thoroughly clean and put one into the bowl after pouring 1/2 - 1cup of flour, you will gently cover all of the edges of dough with flour and mix by hand, pull half the mixture towards you and push down. You will continue to knead the dough and add small amounts of flour tablespoons at a time, get this dough from extremely sticky to just a tad tacky or not sticky at all.

When you punch the dough it should pop back and show some rebound to what you just did. Then take a new bowl and some oil, lightly oil all sides of the dough and voila:) let it sit for 1 hour or until doubled in size. 

According to what your recipe says shape the loaf or loaves and place on a well greased and buttered pan or parchment covered loaf pan, let it rise until doubled in size and bake accordingly. After you pull it out of the often you can brush butter on the top which will seal in moisture

Today I started the base of my bread with 3 1/2 cups of water and approximately 1 tablespoon of yeast. It made 4 loaves. 
Here are my pictures. Next time I make bread, I'll show you buns and share my mother's highly sought after dinner rolls recipe:) try making bread:) you might fall in love! 

Still needs flour added
First rise

Second rise

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