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Friday, September 20, 2013

Plain White Bread Recipe/ Basic White Bread/ Homemade Simple White Bread from scratch

Ever since I started to bake, I wanted to try bread recipe. But my laziness doesn't allow me to explore bread baking. And, when Jany started asking me to try garlic bread, I finally decided to bake a plain white bread. To my surprise my first attempt in making bread is a success, it turns ultra soft and tasted delicious as well. With our excitement we finished most of the slices leaving behind one or two as soon as the photo shoot is over:) Well, my next target is to try Jany's favorite Garlic bread. 
Ingredients: 
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Active dry yeast - 1 tbsp 
Warm Milk - 2 tbsp 
Olive oil/ Melted Butter - 1 tbsp 
Sugar -1 tsp 
Salt - 3/4 tsp 
White Sesame seeds - 1 tsp 
Water - as required
Method:
1. Before starting the preparation, we have to proof the yeast. In a bowl, take 1/4 cup water and dissolve 1/2 tsp sugar, then sprinkle the yeast on top of it. Keep it undisturbed for about 10 minutes. After 10 mins if the yeast started to froth and comes up, then you can continue the preparation. Else the yeast is not active, throw it out and get a new pack of yeast.
2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt. Along with this add the yeast mixture and warm milk little by little and form a dough which is almost sticky. Rub it with the spoon of olive oil and knead the dough for about 5 mins. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap or muslin cloth and allow it to rise in warm temperature for about one hour or until it rises. Now the dough will be raised and it will be almost double the size.
 3. Punch the air out of the dough. Knead it again and shape it to fit the greased loaf pan. Again cover it with the cling wrap and leave it for another 20 to 25 minutes for the second rise.(See the image below: before rising, the dough is not uniformly spread. After the rise, it is spread evenly in the loaf pan) Then brush the top of the dough with a little milk or oil to get the browning top. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top of it.
4. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius for about 10 mins. And bake it for 20 minutes in the preheated oven until the top turns golden brown. (Keep an eye in between). Once done, allow it to cool for 15 minutes before slicing.
5. The super soft bread can be sliced with the sharp knife. To get neat pieces, you can even coat the knife with olive oil.
The yummy and delicious bread can be used for making sandwiches, garlic bread etc. or you can have it as such with butter and Jam. I served to Happy by placing a cheese slice in between the two bread slices and microwaved for 30 Sec to melt the cheese. While she enjoyed her cheesy bread, we both had it with Nutella.
Points to remember:
  • If you are using instant yeast, then it is not required to sprinkle the yeast in water. Instead you can directly mix the yeast with the other ingredients to form the dough.
  •  The dough may not rise as expected, if the place you keep is not warm. So I usually place it near the stove while cooking. Sometimes even in the microwave oven when it is warm. (While the power of the microwave is switched off)
  • This recipe gives a small sized bread. The temperature and time may vary between Ovens.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya

20 comments :

  1. You have explained the process very clearly. Yummy bread.

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  2. wow...looks yummmy....
    This time photos are very good too....Seems ur photography skills r improving too along with culinary skills... ;)

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  3. Nothing can beat the homemade breads, prefectly baked white bread.

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  4. Such a lovely tutorial for basic bread.Very useful one.Tempted to try

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  5. wowwww...good job !! came out perfect ..haven't tried it yet..will do soon...I want a slice NOW:)

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  6. very soft and lovely looking bread...

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  7. perfectly baked and love the sesame seeds flavor in it :-)

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  8. Very very fresh home made bread looks perfect :) It has come out super soft ..

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  9. perfectly baked spongy plain white bread!: )

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  10. Very soft and perfectly made bread. Surely going to try this.

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  11. Wow........soft spongy perfectly made white bread.

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  12. soft and spongy bread. perfectly done.

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  13. Replies
    1. All Purpose flour is Maida or plain flour...

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