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Friday, June 27, 2008

My Baking Ballyhoo # 1: Simple Bread Loaf

June 25th 2008

Knead...Rise...Knead...Bake... Dance....this is what I was doing yesterday- all day! U ask why? becoz I was trying to bake my first ever home made bread! I must confess, about my 'yeast-phobia' that transpires into me from my mom! She never baked! Oh ya..Never Ever!!

But I desperately wanted to get over it! After all there is nothing deary and pleasurable than 'your own baked bread'! Isn't it!

and here I am with 'My Baking Ballyhoo' - where I would share all of my 'baking' experiences with my dear readers - good or bad and its a promise! what we are doing here is not - 'creating some masterpieces' and its NOT necessary that your dough must always rise..and u will end up with a 'perfectly baked bread!'. Mistakes are bound to happen and we tend to learn a lot from them - like I did!

Yes, the first time I started off with 3.5 cups of flour with whole bunch of ingredients, kneaded and kept for its first rise. Alas! it didn't.... not even an inch!

this is how it looked after two hours of resting...


then I consulted one of my baking gurus and she gave me this lovely tip to warm up the oven for couple of minutes and then keep the dough to rise. the tip worked and I ended up with a beautiful looking bread! Yay Yay!

Here is the first look...


I must mention about 'The Fresh Loaf'(TFL), an amazing community of bread bakers, where in they had introductory lessons for amateur bakers like me.
I referred to
Lesson 1 and its surely a nice way to begin the 'bread (b)making' !!

My Notes:

1. I used 1 packet of Fleischmann's Rapid Rise yeast. I directly mixed it in the flour while kneading (no proofing in warm water required.)

2. I halved the ingredients presented in the Lesson 1 of TFL. this 'Simple Bread Loaf' recipe calls for just 4 ingredients: Flour, Yeast, Salt and Water! My next experiment would be to add in more and make a flavorful bread.

3. 'Kneading' is an important part of the 'bread making' process and proper strokes help the bread rise - the right way!. Click here to view some kneading techniques.

Lets bake the bread then....

Ingredients:

1.5 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp of Fleischmann's Rapid Rise yeast
3/4 cup of Water

Ingredients:

1. Kneading: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon. When the dough gets sticky, sprinkle some flour on your hands and knead the dough for minimum 10 minutes - squish..roll...squish..turn..roll..fold ...till the dough becomes silky and smooth. Drop the dough in a greased bowl and cover & let it rise in a warm place.

Tip: Its important to place the dough in a warm place for the yeast to act. If you fail to find one (like me), warm the oven for about a minute, turn it off and then place the dough into it!

2. Rising: Typically it takes about 45-90 minutes for the dough to rise and to double its size. It may take couple of hours at times, depending on the amount of yeast, time and temperature. So, not to worry. Keep checking for every 90 minutes. After its first rise, punch down the dough and knead for couple of minutes. Put back the dough into the greased bowl and leave it for its second rise.

3. Shaping and Baking: After its second rise, shape the bread by placing in a loaf pan or any baking dish. Dust the bread with some flour and place it in a greased dish! Scoring the bread (slice it with a knife or a fork) is necessary to release out the tapped gases in the bread dough. Brush some egg wash over it and place it in the center rack of the oven.
Bake for about 40-45 minutes at 375 F. Keep checking for every 15-20 minutes.

Tip: Pour some water in an empty baking dish and place it in the below rack, while baking the bread, for a golden rustic bread! (Use this tip at your own discretion! steam may result in a shortened life span of the oven.)

Cool it down and slice it up... !!!

...and to know how I felt after 'baking my first bread!'..Click here! (.....nothing scary.. its just my joy and happiness!!)

...Another look...


P.S: U gotta check out Anu's First Bread too!! It looks beautiful!

I served with some yummy Garlic Olive Oil Bread dip (..recipe follows..). !!! Yummmy..:))


Garlic Olive Oil Bread Dip
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3 tbsp of Olive Oil
2-3 cloves of Garlic, finely minced, crushed
Salt & Pepper - to taste
1/2 tbsp Lemon Juice.

Microwave all the ingredients for 3-4 minutes on HIGH and Serve with a slice of bread!

Off this simple bread dip goes to dear Valli's MEC: Bottled event!

Thats it for now folks!.. will be back again with another adventure of 'My Baking Ballyhoo'.

...till then keep smiling!!!!

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A hearty Thanks to one and all who participated in Open Sesame 2 and made it a huge success. We are all waiting for your yummy entries now!!

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Reminder: Only 4 days left 'Frozen Yogurt' event! (details on the sidebar!).. :))

signing off for now,
Siri

37 comments :

  1. How did U know about my dance in that site ;-) heheh believe me I was dng the same jiggle jiggle (!!!) jus like u when I heard and saw ur bread yday :-) way to go my dear Disciple ;-) and hope u make ur guru proud more and more with each passing week! hehehe Jus kidding dearie.

    Once again - It luks fab and nothing like a first timer's masterpiece - its all pro looking. Hugs

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  2. Siri I imagined you dancing like that doughboy..That was a nice post gal..And all the best for ur baking venture..

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  3. Siri I imagined you dancing like that doughboy..That was a nice post gal..And all the best for ur baking venture..

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  4. awesome da....great start on ur venture into bread baking:)..the bread looks soft and perfect...good job :).hope to see more bread posts from u now...

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  5. So were you squealing and dancing at the same time? Hee hee. Seriously, the bread looks fantastic, girl!! Beautiful recipe. :)

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  6. Need a dance Siri, It came out so well , wish many breads will be out soon from ur oven :) Great job

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  7. Hey Siri, bread looks perfect. Congrats on your success. I am also not that much baker but sure I will try this recipe.

    Bread dip is also good and easy to make. Thanks for sharing recipes.

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  8. that's a really pretty bread :)

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  9. wooohooo! :) it looks amazing, ms. bread baker! i followed your instructions and it came out perfectly - thank you thank you!

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  10. wow,,.amazin,.doesnt look likeur first one..

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  11. jiggle jiggle :D yeah i cud see u doing that with a balle balle too.. sahi ja rahe ho bhidoo... this looks like a pro not at all a first timer...

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  12. So glad u got over ur phobia! Bread and dip looks awesome!

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  13. Great looking loaf - I guess you are a born cook! That certainly doesn't look first time made:)

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  14. I love the first look, the second look and the third...that's one perfect looking bread, girl...

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  15. siri..thats fantastic!...all the pictures look great!

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  16. The loaf looks great..I like the fact that the core is airy!

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  17. Congrats on your first venture into baking bread - and what a lovely outcome! The smell of baking bread filling the house is enough to keep you baking more bread!

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  18. Siri. i hv bake-o-phobia.. so i hvnt tried baking breads.. but shud get over it.. the dip looks yum

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  19. The garlic Olive Oil Bread Dip is really mouth watering

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  20. The dance was really cute, Bread Looks lovely and great tips and now I know what to do to rise my dough.

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  21. Cool! Looks perfect. I switch on the oven light and let it proof in the oven, comes out perfect. Good job Siri!:))
    You just opened a whole lot of baking opportunities, enjoy!:D

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  22. Siri,

    Bread looks great, I have baking fobia too thanks for the links I would like to get my hand into bread making as well.

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  23. wow the bread looks great siri!! eventhough i've worked a lot with yeast, i have never made bread at home!!

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  24. Idont think it is a first Bread it looks like a master chef's job great job siri thanks for such anice recipe

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  25. ur bread looks nice and soft siri ... doesnt seem like a first time try ... i too want to venture into baking and bread making soon :)

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  26. Siri, this looks gorgeous!! Im just trying to get over my baking phobia.. Made Nupur's potato bread yday!

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  27. Wow, great bread - and the garlic dip, oh yes. Oh yes. Look out friends and neighbours.

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  28. The bread looks amazing....hey the dance is sooo cutee..
    Siri,I was wonderfing if you got my entry for the open sesame II event?

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  29. Nice job. I could eat a few slices of that right now. Yum!

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  30. Great looking bread, no one can tell this is the first attempt!

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  31. Thanks to one and all for ur encouraging comments about my First Bread. It surely inspires me to bake more and more!!

    Hugs,
    Siri

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  32. Everyone except me seems to have mastered the art of baking bread! :( :D Recipes for your event are ready dear! :) Please do keep me updated about the events through E- mail or chat! :)

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  33. The bread looks terrific!
    Got to give you mad props for baking bread:)

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  34. What a perfect recipe this one is! Thanks siri for sharing this.

    I made this yest, came out beautifully. Check it out.

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  35. Where does one get fleischmann's rapid rise yeast in India or preferbly in Bangalore

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    1. Hi Ravindra,

      Try in M K Ahmed Stores. The stash I have is sent by my US friends.

      Siri

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