HOMEMADE BREAD

RAMADAN MUBARAK TO THE ENTIRE MUSLIM COMMUNITY!

Ramadan 2018 has officially started and I am beyond excited. To start the first fast, I decided to prepare some delightful homemade bread. One of the best feelings is enjoying homemade meals and homemade bread is one of my absolute favorites!

Now I am sure making bread at home can sound intimidating but it really isn’t. Here is my easy to follow recipe.

YIELD: 2 loaves

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 packet yeast (a little more than a tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 egg, beaten (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add melted butter and water to the dry ingredients.
  3. Knead properly for approximately 7-10 mins until a smooth ball is formed. Place in a bowl and lightly coat with olive oil.
  4. Cover with kitchen towel or plastic and let it sit for roughly 1 hour (can vary depending on the temperature of the surroundings)
  5. After one hour, punch the dough to let it sink and carefully remove it from the bowl.
  6. Separate into 2 dough balls and shape into bread loaves.
  7. Place them in greased bread pans and set aside for half hour to one hour (again depending on the temperature in the surrounding area)… I usually leave mine for about an hour.
  8. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
  9. Coat the dough with the egg wash and place pans in oven. Bake for 25-30 mins. Be careful not to poke the dough. This step is optional. I just like to golden color you get from it.

 

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Butter and Water added to the dry ingredients
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Before properly kneading
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After kneading for approximately 7 mins
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Lightly coated with olive oil
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dough placed in bowl and covered with plastic
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After roughly an hour it more than doubled in size
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Shaped and added to a greased pan
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Covered again with clear plastic and allowed to sit for an hour 
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Ready to bake

IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE:

  • Kneading the dough properly is key to a good loaf of bread. Take your time and knead the dough. I usually place it on the kitchen counter and use both hands. It makes it easier. Lightly flour the counter if necessary but do not add too much flour as you can increase the chances of the bread being dry when baked.
  • Another key point to remember is the rise time. Allow the dough to rest properly. Depending on how hot the area is, less an hour rising time should be sufficient. Ideally the dough should rise to just above the rim of the bowl it’s in.
  • The choice of butter is another important part. As Trinis we tend use Blueband in everything and yes I love the taste but it is not butter. The butter I used was Kerrygold unsalted (silver pack). Butter tends to be better for baking as it produces a better quality.
  • Salt content must be remembered as well. If you choose to use a salted butter in a recipe that specifies unsalted, you should cut the amount of salt used in the recipe or you will end up with a salty product.

I absolutely love homemade bread. Many people might say it involves too much time to make etc but that feeling of eating anything homemade is definitely worth it for me.

Thank you as always for taking the time to read this blogpost. I hope you give the recipe a try. I guarantee your family will enjoy it!

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