Today am going to teach us some simple steps to bake bread at the comfort of your homes.
Yeast-3tbs Sugar-1cup. Warm milk-1cup. Salt-a pinch. Bread flour-4cups. Butter(melted)-¹/² cup. Egg- 2
1. Add yeast and sugar with the warm milk in a bowl and mix together to proof the yeast. 2. Crack in the two eggs in another bowl and beat it together. 3. Add the melted butter to the beaten eggs and mix together and set aside. 3. In another bowl add the bread flour, a pinch of salt and the 1cup of sugar then mix together and make a well at the centre. 4. Pour in the proofed yeast in step 1, as well as the beaten eggs and butter mixture, then mix together until a dough is formed (the resulting dough should be very soft). 5. Place the dough on a floured work surface and knead until it us smooth and elastic for about 10minutes. 6. To know if the dough is well kneaded, use your index finger to firmly poke the dough if the depression on the dough fills up almost immediately, then the dough is well kneaded if otherwise, you have to knead for some couple of time. 7. Transfer the dough into a greased bowl and roll it around the bowl to be coated with the oil, this help to prevent the surface of the dough from drying up. 8. Cover it up and leave to rise in a warm place for at least 1 hour. 9. After 1hour, punch down the dough to remove air bubble. And begin to cut the dough into your bread pan and cover it for about 30 minutes to let it rise. 10. After the 30minutes, crack another egg into a bowl, add a little quantity of water into the egg and beat, then use it to brush or glaze the surface of the dough in the pan to help give you that golden brown colour. 11. Place your pan with the dough in it into the oven and let it bake for about 30 minutes. 12. Your bread is set to be eaten.
N/B: All purpose flour can be use in place of the bread flour.
N/B: Preheat your oven for about 4-45 minutes before putting in your bread to bake.
N/B: Bake in a low heat to avoid burning.
N/B: Warm milk simply means milk under normal room temperature.
NB: the dough should be very soft when mixed because while kneading you will be adding flour bit by bit to enable you to need very well. You should as well be careful enough not to put excessive flour to your dough when kneading to avoid making it strong, your dough shouldn’t be over soft nor too hard.