Sweet milk bread

Sweet milk bread is delicious, rich buttery bread. You can have it with jam or toast to accompany your hot cuppa.

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A few months back I had baked sweet milk bread just to know the taste, as we had never bought that since no other family member likes sweet bread. I liked the taste of home baked sweet bread a lot and I posted a few pictures on my FB page.

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Surprisingly, I got a lot of requests for the recipe. But somehow I became busy with some commitments and completely forgot about it. Recently, one day in a supermarket while shopping for groceries my friend bought sweet milk bread and now I had the urge to bake it again.

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I will suggest that if you have never baked this bread till now, you should definitely try it once.

You are going to love it for sure!!

If you are not comfortable with extra sweet taste, just toast it and have it with salted butter to balance extra sweet taste. Your kids are definitely going to love this bread!!

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Ingredients :

Maida 3 cups
Milk powder 2 tbsp
Instant active yeast 1 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Sugar 5-6 tbsp
Unsalted butter 4 tbsp
Milk 1 cup +3 tbsp (reduce or increase 1-2 tbsp if required)

Except milk, all ingredients should be on room temperature. Milk should be slightly warmer than lukewarm but not hot.

For complete guide on bread/bun baking you can also check the following link :

Basics of baking – bread/buns/rolls (Wheat flour buns with pizza spices-2)

Process :

Collect all dry ingredients in a big vessel.

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Slowly start pouring water and start collecting dry ingredients together in shape of a dough. Don’t worry about loose or tight consistency of dough at this stage.

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Now start adding remaining water 1 tbsp at a time and knead the dough for 15 minutes by adding oil/butter simultaneously.

Initially, kneading will appear messy due to sugar but will soon smoothen.

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Place the dough in an oil greased bowl for first proofing (bowl should be big enough to have extra space for doubled up dough). Apply some oil on top of the dough to avoid it drying. Cling wrap the bowl and keep it at a warm place for first proofing. I generally keep my bowl in  switched-off microwave. First proofing takes 1 to 1+1/2 hours depending on the temperature of your kitchen.

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In the meantime, grease bread tin with oil.

Once dough doubles up, sprinkle some flour on clean kitchen counter or grease it with oil. Take out the dough and punch it softly.

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Knead the dough very softly and spread it in a rectangular shape according to the size of bread tin. Start rolling it tightly in the shape of a log.

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Seal the sides by pinching it.

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Keep this log into the tin by keeping seamed side at the bottom and apply oil on top of the log to avoid it drying. Keep it in the switched-off microwave or any warm place for second proofing. Second proofing generally takes 15 to 20 minutes.

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Just 10 minutes before baking, preheat your oven at 185-190 degrees for 10 minutes. Give milk wash to proofed log and bake it in a preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes or till the top of the bread starts becoming brown.

 To check whether bread is done or not, tap the top of the bread; if it sounds hollow, it’s done! Be careful – don’t let the top of the bread become dark brown, so keep an eye.

Temperature of every oven varies – so you should be bit more careful and judge the baking time as per your experience.

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Take out the tin from the oven, keep it on a cooling rack and apply butter on the top to keep it soft.

After 5-7 minutes take out the bread from the tin and let it cool down completely on the cooling rack. Don’t leave the bread for longer period in the bread tin. The heat of hot bread will turn it soggy from the bottom.

Later cling wrap the loaf and keep it in the fridge for 4-5 hours. Don’t slice the bread without keeping it in the fridge, no matter how tempted you are. Keeping in fridge will settle down its crumbs.

 Later, slice the bread with serrated knife – you will get wonderful  slices!!!

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Break into a happy dance 💃💃💃

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Tri colour sandwich bread

Wishing you all a very happy Independence day!

Coincidentally, today along with this national festival, we are celebrating Rakshabandhan also. This festival, for those who are not aware of, celebrates bond between brothers and sisters. Those parents, whose kids stay in nearby cities, celebrate this festival with get-together of their family members, relatives, festive food and sweets.

But instead of cooking something special for Rakshabandhan festival, I decided to bake something new which I have never done before and it fits perfectly with the spirit our Independence day!

I decided to bake a tri colour bread symbolizing our national flag. I could not get exact same colours of our national flag as I didn’t want to use any artificial edible colours. For green, I have used coriander chutney. Instead of corridor or mint leaves, you can use spinach puree also . It might give slightly darker green shade. For saffron, I thought of using soaked saffron water, but that was also not giving exact colour – it was kind of yellow shade. So I added turmeric powder. I was very excited to slice this bread to see tri colored swirls.

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Isn’t it beautiful!

I loved these tri colored swirls!

No artificial colours used, and the addition of coriander chutney enhanced the taste. So, bread was completely safe to consume. Now I am really encouraged to do some more trials…

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Ingredients :

For green colored dough:

1 cup maida
1 tbsp milk powder
1/2 tsp Instant active yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp Oil
4 tbsp Water
3 tbsp Coriander Chutney
4 tbsp Water ( increase or reduce as per requirement)

Important note:

Don’t use cold chutney from the fridge. Add it in the water and heat it till it is slightly warmer than lukewarm but not hot. I heated chutney till it was warm enough and used warm water separately. Cold chutney wouldn’t let the yeast activate.

For yellow colored dough:

1 cup maida
1 tbsp milk powder
1/2 tsp Instant active yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp oil
6-7 tbsp Water (reduce or increase as per requirement)

Important Note:

Water should be slightly warmer than lukewarm but not hot and rest of the ingredients should be on room temperature.

For white colored dough:

1 cup maida
1 tbsp milk powder
1/2 tsp Instant active yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp oil
6-7 tbsp Water (reduce or increase as per requirement)

Important Note:

1. Water should be slightly warmer than lukewarm but not hot and rest of the ingredients should be on room temperature

2. For a few more tips on bread baking you can check this link Basics of baking – bread/buns/rolls (Wheat flour buns with pizza spices-2)

3. As we are kneading three different types of dough, proofing time might vary for each. To avoid that and to get even proofing for all three types of dough follow this…

If you are kneading yellow dough first, don’t cover it with cling film or wet kitchen towel. Keep the dough in the bowl, brush up some oil on top to avoid it drying and leave it on kitchen counter.

Do the same after kneading second type of dough.

After finishing third dough, cover all of them with cling film or wet kitchen towel. Now you will get even proofing for all three types of dough.

Process:

Collect dry ingredients in three different bowls.

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Prepare three different doughs by kneading  and keep them in three different oil greased bowls. Cover them with cling wrap or wet kitchen towel and let them proof till the dough becomes double in size.

In the meantime, oil grease bread tin properly from all sides.

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After proofing, punch the dough gently and roll all three of them one after another.

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Place each rolled dough on top of each other and give it a proper rectangular shape by tapping as per the size of your bread tin.

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Start rolling the dough by keeping it firm.

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Seam the sides tight by pinching them.

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By keeping the seamed side at the bottom, place this log in the bread tin. Brush up the top of the log with oil and let it rise for second proofing.

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Just 10 minutes before second proofing time is getting over, preheat oven at 185 degrees. Give milk wash to the log and bake it for 40-50 minutes or till the time it sounds hollow while tapping the top of the bread. Take out bread from the oven and apply butter on it. Butter will give nice shine and will be helpful in keeping the bread soft.

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Once tin cools down and is comfortable enough to touch, take out the bread and keep it on cooling rack till it cools down completely.

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For better slices, wrap it now with 3-4 layers of cling wrap and keep it in the fridge for 4 – 5 hours. Later, take it out from the fridge, unwrap it, and slice the bread by holding the bread firmly with bread cutting serrated knife.

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You will be proud of yourself!!!

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I would love to hear from you all about this post 😊😊

 

 

 

Garlic Bread

I love to bake and explore new variations in breads. To try any new variety, we need not worry about the recipe. Variety comes with technique and imagination. You just have to learn plain sandwich bread and then let your imagination flow. One can create so many variations in sandwich bread.

A few days back I was planning to bake cylindrical shaped plain bread, but suddenly I thought to change it into flavoured bread.

Which flavour is most popular with everyone in the varieties of bread…

Garlic flavour!
Done!!!

This was the best idea. Then to make it more delicious, I thought to add dried pizza spices.

This idea worked like a charm and during baking my house had wonderful aroma of garlic and spices.

Trust me, those bread coins with beautiful swirls of spices were so delectable.

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Just toast the slices plain or grate some cheese on it and bake them for a few minutes till cheese melts… 😋 😋 😋     

Now who needs garlic bread from Pizza Hut!!

Try this bread once and you will know that I am not at all exaggerating.

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If you don’t have cylindrical shaped bread tin, don’t worry; follow the same process and bake in a rectangular tin. After all, shape of bread is not going to change its taste.

Before you start the process, just go through the post Wheat flour buns with pizza spices (2) (basic tips to follow if following a bread /buns recipe) to clear any doubts.

Measurements for bread tin

11 inch – length
3 inch – diameter

Ingredients :
Garlic butter-  You can use store-bought garlic butter or prepare garlic butter at home. Peel and mince 10-12 garlic pods. Heat 4-5 tbsp salted butter in a pan and add minced garlic. Saute this for 3-4 minutes and then sieve it. Home-made garlic butter is ready.

All purpose flour (maida ) 2 +1/2 cups
Milk powder 1/8 cup
Salt 1 tsp
Sugar 1+1/2 tbsp
Instant active yeast 3 /4 tsp
Mixed herbs/spices – as per requirement
Butter/Oil 1 tbsp
Water 1 cup minus 1 tbsp (should be slightly warmer than lukewarm but not hot)

Rest of the ingredients should be on the room temperature.

My 1 cup measures 250 ml

Process :

Take all dry ingredients in a big vessel so that kneading is easy.

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Collect all these ingredients in shape of a rough dough with the help of water. Don’t use entire quantity of water in this step.

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Now keep adding water in small quantity along with oil/butter and knead the dough for 15 minutes or till it gets elasticity.

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Transfer this smooth dough into a big size oil greased bowl. Apply some oil on top of the dough, cling wrap the bowl and keep it in a warm place for first proofing.

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In between, make baking tin ready by greasing it with oil/butter. Remember to grease both the bottom and lid sides.

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After first proofing, take out the dough on clean and oil greased kitchen counter and punch it lightly.

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Collect the dough together, knead it very lightly to make it smooth and spread it as per the size of baking pan.

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Apply garlic butter all over it very generously.

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Now sprinkle spices/herbs of your choice.

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From the top, start rolling it tightly and prepare a log.

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Don’t let the edges be loose – seam them by pinching nicely.

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Keep this seam side down and gently place this log in the baking tin.

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Apply melted garlic butter on top of the log to avoid it drying and close the tin for second proofing.

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Just 10 minutes before second proofing time is getting over, preheat oven at 180/185 degrees.

Second proofing will be over in 20-30 minutes.

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Brush up the log with milk, close the lid and bake it at 180/185 degrees for 40-50 minutes or till the log gets beautiful brown colour. If top of the bread is not becoming brown by the end of the baking time, open the lid and bake it for 3-4 minutes extra. Take out the bread  from the tin and keep it on a cooling rack. Apply butter on hot bread to keep it soft and let it cool down completely.

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Once bread cools down completely, you can slice it, but to get neat slices wrap it in cling wrap with 2-3 layers and keep it in the fridge for at least 3 to 4 hours. Always use bread cutting serrated knife and slice bread by holding it tightly.

Isn’t this a gorgeous bake with beautiful swirls and awesome garlic herbs flavour!!

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Wheat flour + rava bread

Baking your own bread is good in many ways.

You get fresh bread without adding any harmful ingredients for your breakfast. You love the whole process of bread baking, especially watching it rise in the oven; it calms down our nerves. Kids sometimes join you in rolling the dough, greasing the pan, and through this we bond with them. And in the end while serving sandwiches or toast from your own home baked bread, whole family praises you and that makes your day very very happy 😊 😊

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I started baking bread with white flour, then slowly started shifting towards wheat flour. Wheat flour is a bit tricky as it gives you slightly dense and heavy bread compared to white flour. Many people immediately compare home baked wheat bread with market bought bread without realising that we are not adding any artificial gluten or bread enhancer.The common reason people hesitate to bake wheat flour bread because wheat bread doesn’t  get a good rise in wheat bread as we get in white bread. Well, we can increase the quantity of yeast here, but then the bread has too much smell of yeast.

To solve this problem, we are adding rava with wheat flour in this new recipe. If you have tried cooking any dish with rava, you must have seen that rava puffs up nicely. So here rava helps wheat flour to rise up and we get good height in our loaf.

Did you like the idea? Well, if we can bake a complete loaf of bread with rava, Samolina/chiroti rava bread (anyone can bake this bread) then we can definitely add it with wheat flour.

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What is chiroti rava and how it is different from normal rava?

The difference lies in the size of granules. Chiroti rava has very small granules compared to normal rava. Because of these tiny granules, chiroti rava gets bind very well in shape of the dough.

I have a few recipes with wheat flour bread in the blog. If you are interested, can check these links also…

Wheat Flour Sandwich Bread(1)

Wheat flour Sandwich bread (2)

Wheat flour Sandwich Bread(3) cylindrical shaped

Wheat flour spicy turmeric bread

In South India, chiroti rava is easily available. But if you are not able to find this variety of rava in your city, you can order it through Amazon or Big Basket.

Ingredients :

Wheat flour 1+1/2 cups (200 gms)
Chiroti rava 1 +1/2 cups (250 gms)
Salt 1 tsp
Sugar 1+1/2 tbsp
Instant active yeast 1 tsp
Oil 2-3 tbsp
Milk /water 1+1/2 cups minus 2-3 (1 cup measures 250 ml)

Bread tin size (in inches) –  length 8, depth 3+1/2, width 3+1/2

Please go through all the tips carefully before you start the process of baking bread.

Tips :

1. Except water, rest of the ingredients should be used at room temperature. Water/milk should be slightly warmer than lukewarm.

2. Instead of water, milk can be used to knead the dough. Or you can take both milk and water in 50:50 ratio.

3. Every oven is different – so baking time may vary.

4. Dough proofing time depends a lot on the temperature of your kitchen. In colder temperature first proofing can take 60 to 90 minutes. In warmer temperatures it might get over in 40 to 50 minutes. The same logic will be for second proofing time also.

5. Wheat flour dough is more delicate than all purpose flour dough. So, after first proofing, don’t knead it much. Punch it slightly and bring it back together to roll the log.

6. To achieve best results in wheat flour bread, don’t be lazy in kneading. I always knead wheat flour bread dough for almost 20 minutes.

7. Absorbing liquid quality of flour varies. So don’t follow blindly the quantity of water/milk given in the recipe. If required, add or reduce 1-2 tbsp of water.

8. Don’t compare the result of home baked wheat flour bread with market bought wheat flour bread. We are not adding any artificial gluten, emulsifier, or bread enhancer. We are trying to bake a healthy bread loaf, so it might be slightly heavy and dense. For better results, try to use milled flour than packed ones.

8. Don’t get discouraged if your first loaf of bread is not as good as you had expected. Try to find out the problem, sort it and with the same excitement, give another try, and you will surely get it!

For few more tips you can check this link also… Wheat flour buns with pizza spices (2) (basic tips to follow if following a bread /buns recipe)

Process :

Collect all dry ingredients in a big vessel.

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Slowly start pouring water and collect dry ingredients together in the shape of a dough. Don’t worry about loose or tight consistency of dough at this stage.

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Now start pouring remaining water one tbsp at a time and  knead the dough for 15-20 minutes by adding oil simultaneously.

Initially, kneading will look messy and sticky, but slowly dough will become smooth.

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Keep the dough in an oil greased bowl for first proofing (bowl should be big enough to have extra space for doubled up dough). Apply some oil on top of the dough to avoid it drying. Cling wrap the bowl and keep it at a warm place for first proofing. I generally keep my bowl in the switched-off microwave. First proofing takes 1 to 1+1/2 hours, depending on the temperature of your kitchen.

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In the meantime, apply oil to bread tin.

Once dough doubles up, sprinkle some flour on clean kitchen counter or grease it with oil. Take out the dough and punch it softly.

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Knead the dough very softly and spread it in a rectangular shape according to the size of the bread tin.

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Start rolling it tightly in the shape of a log.

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Seal the edges by pinching them tightly.

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Keep this log into the tin by keeping seamed side at the bottom and apply oil on top of the log to avoid it drying. Cover the tin with wet kitchen towel (don’t let towel touch the dough) and keep it in the switched-off microwave or any warm place for second proofing. Second proofing generally takes 15 to 20 minutes but if it’s cold temperature in the kitchen, it might take some more time.

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Just 10 minutes before baking, preheat your oven at 185-190 degrees for 10 minutes. Give milk wash to proofed dough and bake it in a preheated oven at the same temperature for 40-50 minutes, till the bread  becomes evenly brown and while tapping the top, it sounds hollow.

Apply butter on hot bread. Butter will be helpful in keeping the bread soft. Take out the bread from the oven and let it cool down completely on a cooling rack. Don’t let the bread stay in tin for long as steam from hot bread in the tin for a long time will make the bread soggy from the bottom.

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Once bread cools down completely, you can slice it. But if you can control your temptation for a few hours more, you will get the best slices!!

Once bread cools down completely, wrap it in 3-4 layers of cling film and keep it in the fridge.

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This will tighten the bread crumbs making it easier to slice it with bread cutting serrated knife.

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Don’t you love these wonderful slices with beautiful brown edges!!!

Now who wants to buy bread from the store if you can provide your family home baked healthy bread. I am sure you would be thinking to give this recipe a try. 

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Would love to hear from you about this recipe and if you have any doubts, feel free to ask through comment box.

 

Wheat flour spicy turmeric bread

I was not planning to bake this bread. I was not even thinking to bake something new. I was just kneading dough for white bread, wheat bread and some dinner rolls.

Then I thought of doing some spicy buns, but buns’ dough was already done and I didn’t want to disturb its proofing process. So I decided to change plain sandwich wheat flour bread into spicy bread. While adding spices I saw turmeric powder and thought “why not add this in dough and turn the bread into a something all together different”?

My only concern was if bread slices will be having raw turmeric smell.

Well… you wouldn’t know until you try!!

So, I added turmeric powder along with other spices. Yellow dough looked good with carom seeds flavor. I baked it and to my biggest surprise there was no taste of raw turmeric powder!!

It just added colour and with spices, bread was soooo… good. You might not prefer these slices for sandwich, as this  is not plain bread.

Instead, you will like it as spicy, healthy, wheat flour turmeric bread toast with butter and along with a hot cup of tea!!

 

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As I was working on two seprate bread dough while preparing this bread, in the hustle- bustle completely forgot to take pics of some steps. Though just like other bread recipes, which I have posted in the blog, all steps are similar for this bread also. But if you are baking bread for the first time, please check this link for the missing pictures of  a few steps during the whole process… Wheat Flour Sandwich Bread(1)

Ingredients :

Wheat flour        2 cups+2 tbsp
Milk powder       2 tbsp
Instant active yeast       3 /4 tsp
Salt         slightly more than 3 /4 tsp
Sugar       1 tbsp
Carom seeds    1+1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder    1tsp
Red chilli powder    1 tsp
Black pepper powder    1/2 tsp
Oil            1+1/2 tbsp
Water/Milk      1 cup +2-3 tbsp
Instant active yeast    3/4 tsp

Read carefully all the tips before you start the process…

Tips

1. Except water, rest of the ingredients should be used at room temperature. Water/milk should be slightly warmer than lukewarm.

2. Instead of water, milk can be used to knead the dough. Or you can take both milk and water in 50:50 ratio.

3. Every oven is different – so baking time may vary.

4. Dough proofing time depends a lot on the temperature of your kitchen. In colder temperature first proofing can take 60 to 90 minutes. In warmer temperatures it might get over in 40 to 50 minutes. The same logic will be for second proofing time also.

5. Wheat flour dough is more delicate than all purpose flour dough. So after first proofing don’t knead it much. Punch it slightly and bring it back together to roll the log.

6. To achieve best results in wheat flour bread, don’t be lazy in kneading. I always knead wheat flour bread dough for almost 20 minutes.

7. Absorbing liquid quality of flour varies. So don’t follow blindly the quantity of water /milk given in the recipe. If required, add or reduce 1-2 tbsp of water.

8. Don’t compare the result of home baked wheat flour bread with market bought wheat flour bread. We are not adding any artificial gluten, emulsifier, or bread enhancer. We are trying to bake a healthy bread loaf, so it might be slightly heavy and dense. For better results, try to use milled flour than packed ones.

8. Don’t get discouraged if your first loaf of bread is not as good as you had expected. Try to find out the problem, sort it and with the same excitement, give another try, and you will surely get it!

Process :

Collect all dry ingredients in a big vessel.

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Slowly start pouring water and start collecting dry ingredients together in the shape of a dough. Don’t worry about loose or tight consistency of dough at this stage.

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Now start pouring remaining water one tbsp at a time and  knead the dough for 20 minutes by adding oil/butter simultaneously.

Initially, kneading will look a lot messy and sticky, but slowly  dough will become smooth.

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 Keep the dough in an oil greased bowl for first proofing (bowl should be big enough to have extra space for doubled up dough). Apply some oil on top of the dough to avoid it drying. Cling wrap the bowl and keep it at a warm place for first proofing. I generally keep my bowl in the switched-off microwave. First proofing takes 1 to 1+1/2 hours, depending on the temperature of your kitchen.

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In the meantime oil grease bread tin.

(from here I missed to take pics of a few steps, please follow any of my other bread recipe to check the pics of a few steps. These steps are same for any simple bread recipe)

Once dough doubles up, sprinkle some flour on clean kitchen counter or grease it with oil. Take out the dough and punch it softly.

Knead the dough very softly and spread it in a rectangular shape according to the size of bread tin.

Start rolling it tightly in the shape of a log.

Seal the sides by pinching them tightly.

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Keep this log into the tin by keeping seamed side at the bottom and apply oil on top of the log to avoid it drying. Cover the tin with wet kitchen towel (don’t let towel touch the dough) and keep it in the switched-off microwave or any warm place for second proofing. Second proofing generally takes 15 to 20 minutes but if it’s cold temperature in the kitchen, it might take some more time.

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Just 10 minutes before baking, preheat your oven at 185-190 degrees for 10 minutes. Give milk wash to proofed dough and bake it in a preheated oven at the same temperature for 40-50 minutes, till the bread  becomes evenly brown and while tapping the top it sounds hollow.

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Apply butter on hot bread. Butter will be helpful in keeping the bread soft. Take out bread from the oven and let it cool down completely on cooling rack. Don’t let the bread stay in tin for long. Steam from hot bread in the tin for long time will make the bread soggy from the bottom.

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Once bread cools down completely, you can slice it. But if you can control your temptation for a few hours more, you will get the best slices!!

Once bread cools down completely, wrap it in 3-4 layers of cling film and keep it in the fridge. This will settle down the crumb of bread and later slice it with bread cutting serrated knife.

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Don’t you love these turmeric yellow spicy slices of bread!!!

Would love to listen from you all about this new healthy wheat flour bread😊😊

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Hot dog buns

When I started learning  baking bread, I thought that there are only three varieties of breads which are common and popular ……sandwich bread, pav buns/dinner rolls and pizza bread. But as we start learning one thing, we become greedy to know more. Slowly I got introduced to a lot more varieties in breads.

But to keep it simple, we can actually create a lot more varieties through these three types of bread only — sandwich, buns and pizza.

Buns are kind of tiny round shaped bread. I love baking them the most. Just change their shapes and flavors and give them different titles.

Through pizza base basic recipe, do slight changes and create different varieties. Here you have a freedom to add different veggies, sauce and herbs.

The most popular and forgiving is White Sandwich Bread. Unlimited variations can be created with sandwich bread recipe.

Hot dog bun is also a kind of small size rectangular bread. It is named as ‘bun’ probably because instead of slicing it like bread, it has filling in between like burger buns. Whatever you call it, hot dog bun or hot dog bread… it is a wonderful stomach filling snack!!

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But hot dog bun is still a fancy variety of bread in India. You wouldn’t find them in local bakeries too. But nowadays courtesy social media, kids have a lot of exposure to different things. They definitely know about hot dog buns. So why not bake this fancy bread at home and give a pleasant surprise to your kids in the evening!!!

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I have taken the recipe of  Pull apart buns/Dinner bread rolls here to bake hot dog buns. I got total 11 buns from this recipe. But if you want slightly bigger sized buns, divide the dough only in 8-9 buns… choice is all yours!!

I have used all purpose flour here but for a healthy version wheat flour or 50:50 ratio of wheat flour and all purpose flour can be taken. You can follow the same recipe if using wheat flour or mixed flour – just have to increase the quantity of water/milk for kneading as wheat flour absorbs more liquid.

Please don’t forget to go through the whole list of tips before proceeding with the process of baking. I have a separate post for some guidelines on bread/buns baking. You can check that also…. Wheat flour buns with pizza spices (2) (basic tips to follow if following a bread /buns recipe)

Tips:

1. Except water/milk, rest of the ingredients should be used at room temperature.

2. Instead of water, milk can be used to knead the dough. Or you can take both milk and water in 50:50 ratio.

3. Every oven is different – so baking time may vary.

4. Dough proofing time depends a lot on the temperature of your kitchen. In colder temperature first proofing can take 60 to 90 minutes. In warmer temperatures it might get over in 40 to 50 minutes. The same logic will be for second proofing time also.

5. Absorbing liquid quality of flour varies. So don’t follow blindly the quantity of water /milk given in this recipe. If required, add or reduce 1 or 2 tbsp of water.

6. Don’t compare the result of homebaked bread with any market bought  bread. We are not adding any artificial gluten, emulsifier or bread enhancer. We are trying to bake a healthy bread loaf for our family which is free from preservatives.

7. Don’t get discouraged if your first bake is not as good as you had expected. Try to find out the problem, sort it out and with the same excitement, give another trial, you will surely get it!!

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Ingredients :

All purpose flour /maida       3+3/4 cup
Instant active yeast                 1+1/2 tsp (Gloripan brand)

Milk powder                  1/4 cup

Salt                                  1+1/2 tsp
Sugar                              1+1/2 tbsp
Oil/butter                       3 tbsp
Water/ milk         1+1//2 cup minus 2 tbsp (slightly warmer than lukewarm but not hot)

Process:

Combine all dry ingrediants in a big vessel.

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Start adding water/milk and collect all ingredients in shape of a dough (don’t use whole quantity of water).

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Now keep adding little quantity of water and start kneading. Consistency of dough would be wet and sticky in the beginning, but slowly by continued kneading for 12-15 minutes will get required elasticity. Add oil/butter along with kneading and mix it nicely into the dough.

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Keep this dough in a big oil greased bowl for first proofing. Cover the bowl with cling film and keep it in a warm place so that the dough rises till it is double in volume. This process might take 60 to 90 minutes.

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After first proofing, take out the dough on clean oil greased kitchen counter and gently deflate it.

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Collect the dough together, knead slightly it to make it smooth and divide the dough in 11 equal parts.

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Again grease kitchen counter with oil or sprinkle some flour. Roll these equal sized dough parts in smooth rectangular shaped buns. Spread the buns about 6 by 4 size.

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Roll the bun from the top exactly the way we roll bread.

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Seam the edges tight by pinching them. Prepare all the rolls in the same way.

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Keeping this seam side at the bottom, place them in your  butter/oil greased tin by keeping some gap between each bun.

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Brush these buns with oil and keep them covered at a warm place for second proofing. Second proofing will be over in 20-30 minutes. If weather is cold it might take slightly more time.

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Just before second proofing time is getting over, preheat oven at 185 degrees. Brush-up buns with milk and bake them at the same temperature till they are nicely brown.

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Take out the buns from the oven and keep them on a cooling rack. Apply butter evenly on hot buns. This will be helpful in keeping the buns soft and buns will get nice sheen.

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Prepare filling of your choice. I finely chopped onion, cucumber, tomato and cabbage, added salt, pepper crushed paneer, dry mint powder and mix with   Coriander Chutneyand tomato sauce. It was delicious vegetarian filling.

Instead of paneer… cheese and boiled potatoes with mustard sauce and oregano flakes can be added. Choices are unlimited!!!!

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I am sure some of you are definitely planning to give your kiddo’s a wonderful delicious surprise.. don’t forget to share your experience with us. I would love to here from you about this post and your baking experience ❤️❤️