Friday, August 15, 2008

Toast Anyone?

Toast Anyone? Toast Anyone?, originally uploaded by InfoMiner.

Ever since I visited Paris in December 2007 and baked baguettes. I have been meaning to bake bread myself. I finally got around to it, and let me say I am no baking expert, but it came out pretty good for the first attempt.

The recipe is quite simple.

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 5 teaspoons sugar ( I used a little less, don't like too much sugar)
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 5 teaspoons butter
  • 1 package active dry yeast (available at your local grocery)
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups flour (I used regular bleached flour)
  • Corn starch or nonstick cooking spray (To prevent the bread from sticking to the pan)

  • Method: Mix the yeast according to the directions on packet, don't worry about the extra water that will be added to the recipe( you can always compensate with flour, if dough is not the right consistency) Melt the butter, add it and everything except the flour and mix well. Now add the flour, about a 1/4 cup at a time and stir well, eventually you will need to use your hand to mix it thoroughly.

    After mixing it the dough, form a nice ball and lay it flat on the counter to knead. Kneading is a lot of fun, all you need to do is stretch ,fold, punch. Do this for about 10 minutes. Now you need to let it rest and let it rise for an hour, put it in bowl and cover with a cloth. After an hour, take it out of the bowl, punch it down a few times and shape it. You can now either put it on a sheet to bake or just put it in a bread pan. Let it rise for another hour.
    After the second rise, pop it in the oven for about 30 minutes at 400F. And voila, you have your bread. Do pull it out of the oven and pan immediately and allow to cool before slicing.

    Recipe from: The Simple Dollar Blog
    Another great resource with a lot of explanation of the process and the ingredients used: The Fresh Loaf


    M.R. 9:45 AM  

    Looks very tempting & beautiful!



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