I’ve been wanting to bake a loaf for a very long time. The thought of having to wait for the yeast to ferment with the flour mixture for two rises used to make me put that thought away. I’m little impatient that way, I expect quick results whether its my weight loss goal, what to wear for a party or what to cook for lunch/dinner. The last two questions would make my husband pretend as if he wasn’t hearing or act as if he’s too busy reading an important email. If I further press on it he would burt out, “Put a coin on my mouth, I’ll give out the answer like a vending machine”. With that he will escape either in to a phone call or away from the room, leaving me fuming with no answers. So now to get answers from him, I declare if I get an answer in 10 mins, it will be your choice or else the decision is mine. Having experienced my latest trials, the answers are getting much quicker and that’s the good part of my experiments going wrong (See, everything happens for good!!!). Coming back to the loaf, I usually eat a toast with my tea every morning and my honey wheat bread got over and didn’t have time to restock, as a result I was forced in to making one. Contradicting to my thoughts, bread making isn’t that hard. In fact, it was a very good experience and I felt very good seeing the bread rise and bake with my whole house having a freshly baked bread smell and I simply loved it. Kneading can be done either by hand, stand mixer or food processor. Many people feel its very therapeutic to knead the dough by hand and that is very true. I kneaded the dough for about 10 minutes and felt a deep sense of calm and realized the time was up only after the timer started buzzing. I didn’t make two loaves as per the recipe, rather I made 1 loaf and dinner rolls with the rest of the dough. To use my freshly baked breads, I made bread pizza for dinner with home made sauce and toppings of our choice with sprinkle of cheese. Bread pizza is one of my mother-in-law’s favorite dish (yes, you read it right!!!). Unlike many people my mother-in-law loves noodles, pizza, and pasta and would prefer these dishes for sambar and rasam. My entire family was totally impressed with the bread and its delicious taste. This recipe is for my Day 2, Blogging Marathon #14.
For Honey Whole Wheat Bread, I used the recipe from here.
Rapid rise yeast –1 packet (0.25 ounce)
White sugar– 1 tsp
Warm water (110F/45C) — 1/2 cup
Evaporated Milk –1 (12 fluid ounce) — (1 had only 10 fluid ounce and added 2 fluid ounce of regular milk)
Water –1/4 cup
Melted shortening –1/4 cup
Honey — 1/4 cup
Salt –2 tsp
Whole wheat flour –2 cups
Bread flour –3 cups
Butter –2 Tbsp
1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water.Combine milk, 1/4 cup water, shortening, honey, salt and wheat flour in food processor or bowl. Mix in yeast mixture, and let rest 15 minutes.
2. Add bread flour, and process until dough forms a ball. Knead dough by processing an additional 80 seconds in food processor, or mix and knead by hand 10 minutes.
3. Place the dough in a buttered bowl, and turn to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise for 45 minutes, or until almost doubled.
4.Punch down, and divide dough in half. Roll out each half, and pound out the bubbles. Form into loaves, and place in buttered 9×5 inch bread pans.Alternatively form in to 1 loaf and with the rest of the dough, shape them in to small pavs/dinner rolls. Butter the tops of the dough, and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm area until doubled; second rise should take about 30 minutes.
5.Place a small pan of water on the bottom shelf of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until tops are dark golden brown. Butter crusts while warm. Slice when cool.
Photo Tutorial for making Bread:
Form the dough as per step 1 and 2 and let it rise in a buttered bowl.
After the first rise, punch down and form loaves/dinner rolls and let it rise again.
Butter the tops of the dough after the second rise and bake in 375F oven.
For Bread Pizza
Bread –7 slices
Tomato Ketchup –3 Tbsp
Marinara Sauce –1/4 cup (if you don’t have marinara sauce then add more ketchup and 1 Tbsp of white vinegar)
Mint Leaves –2 Tbsp(finely chopped)
Coriander Leaves — 2 Tbsp (finely chopped)
Garlic –4 pods (finely chopped)
Chilli sauce/chilli powder — 1 tsp (optional)
Pineapple/Jalapenos/Olives/Mushrooms (toppings of your choice)– as needed
Mozarella cheese (shredded) –a few sprinkles per slice
1. Butter the slices and place the buttered side on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the sauce on each of the slices.
2. Add the toppings on the bread and spread cheese. Bake in 350F oven till the cheese melts and the bottom of the bread turns golden brown. Cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!!!
Photo Tutorial for making Bread Pizza:
Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#14 http://spicingyourlife.blogspot.com/p/blogging-marathon.html”
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