October 10, 2007

Basic White No-Knead Bread Recipe

For so so so long I have been wanting to bake a loaf (or even a chunk is good enough) myself. I went around in search of yeast and even lamented in a post that good quality yeast is difficult to come by in Hyderabad. The next day after layered paratha recipe post, Bhags from Crazy Curry emailed me with the sweetest offer I have received in my life. An extract from her email (hope she doesn't mind)
"I just read in your blog that you are looking for yeast in Hyderabad. I got some yeast packets from USA, when I used to live there. So if you think it is ok with you, I can mail you some of them. This is not going to be any botheration to me, so please dont hesitate. I will be more than just happy to mail them. The packets are small sachet size, so they can easily be mailed in an enevelope."
I received the envelope last week and I wanted this post to be a surprise for her.


This post is dedicated to one of the sweetest people I have come across in my life, Bhags :)

I have taken inspiration from Raaga's and Jai and Bee's posts on similar kind of bread/buns. Since I made my first bread, I have gone on to bake a lot more loaves and rolls. My most popular and favourite bread recipes are - garlic bread rolls, hokkaido milk bread and 30 minute pizza base.

Basic White Bread Recipe

Ingredients:
Maida or plain flour - 1 cup
Yeast - 1tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Salt - 3/4 tbsp
Milk - 4 tbsp
Boiling water - 4 tbsp

Instructions:

1. Dissolve yeast in little water and keep aside.

2. Mix oil, salt, sugar and boiling water well till the sugar dissolves. Add milk to bring it to room temperature.

3. Add yeast to this mixture and blend in well. Add flour and knead well until well incorporated  Keep mixture in a greased bowl for an hour and let it rise.

4. The mixture will be sticky and very difficult to shape. Transfer it to a thick baking pot/dish and bake for 20-25 mins.

Notes:
My first attempt at baking bread was far from perfect and I think I should get hold of a better baking pan and try fermenting for an entire day like the original recipes suggests. I also want to try this with whole wheat since I prefer healthier bread. Also want to try adding oats, bran and other stuff to the bread. Lets see, all in good time.

I am super thrilled with my first attempt and it was pure heaven having the smell of baked bread in the house for an entire day :)