Thursday, August 30, 2012
Easy White Bread
2 cups and 2 tablespoons of maida (you can use whole wheat flour too)
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 egg or 1/4 cup milk
add water to the yeast and sugar - do not mix it - let it stand for 15 to 20 minutes. it will become a frothy mixture - thats when you know the yeast is doing its job.
In a mixing bowl - add the flour and the salt and the yeast mixture and milk/egg and mix well to form a silky dough. If you feel the dough is watery - add a tablespoon of flour to it and knead.
Keep this dough in the bowl and cover the bowl with cling foil. Let it stand for an hour. The dough will become almost double its size. Mix this dough again and knead it again very well. Oil your hands a bit if you feel the dough is sticking to you.
Take a loaf pan - 9X5 - spread 2 to 3 drops of oil around the pan and spread the dough into it. Cover the pan with cling foil and let it stand for 1 hour. The dough will rise again to double. Do not touch the dough here. Remove the cling foil and bake it in a pre-heated oven at 350 F - for about 25 to 30 minutes till the crust gets a golden color.
Remove from oven - it will come off the pan easily - Cut it into slices - savor with butter/jam/chutney or with egg curry as we did
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