Brown bread baked in Convection oven

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Making your own bread needs a little extra effort but the fragrance and the taste of the freshly baked bread at home will make it worth while.

This was my first experience baking bread and hence I have tried with basic ingredients. Using just the whole wheat flour will make the bread dense – suggest adding all-purpose flour (or Maida) till you are comfortable with the measurements or getting the right consistency.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

– All purpose flour/maida – 1 cup

– Whole wheat flour/atta – 2 cups

– Active dry yeast – 1.5 tsp

– Honey – 4 tsp

– Organic cane sugar – 2 tsp

– Regular salt or rock salt – 1.5 tsp or as desired

– Yogurt – 2 tbsp

– Refined (Sunflower/Rice bran/Olive) oil – 2tbsp

Optional:

– 1-2 tbs of roasted (pumpkin/sunflower/flax) seeds or raisins or walnuts etc.,

– 0.5 cup ground oats

Method:

a. Yeast proofing:

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1.Mix ½ tbsp sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit at room temperature for 10-12 mins.

2.The frothy texture indicates that the proofing is complete

Tips:

b. Mixing/Kneading the ingredients

1. Sieve both the flours together with salt

2. Add flours along with other ingredients to the bowl of yeast mixture (after the yeast solution bubbles and is frothy).

3. Mix well and knead to a smooth and soft dough. Use warm water to knead the dough. Use extra wheat flour or oil as required to get the right texture.

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4. The dough should be slightly sticky.

5. Rub oil on the whole dough and keep covered with a damp kitchen towel and lid for up to 1 hour.

c. Leavening the dough

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1. Lightly punch and knead the dough again and leave for 1 more hour until leavened.

2. Roll a single log of the dough with the edges tucked town on both the sides

3. Grease the loaf pan and add the tucked edges of the rolled dough facing downwards

4. Cover the loaf pan with a damp cloth and lid for 45 min to 1 hour.

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5. The dough should have risen as indicated in the picture.

6. Preheat the oven at 200 C for at least 10 minutes

7. Place the loaf pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped.

8. I used a convection oven and baked extra 3 mins at 180 C to get the right consistency.

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Tips:

– Place the loaf pan on the wire rack

– Place a small cup with water under the wire rack to retain the moisture in the bread

– Cover the surface of the bread with aluminium foil or butter paper if the bread turns dark brown or black.

d. Yummy brown bread ready!!

1. Remove the bread from the loaf pan and allow it to cool by placing it on a wired rack.

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2. Slice the fluffy and soft bread. It is now ready to be served.

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3. Store your bread slices in the bread box.

Share your comments after your successful baking experience 🙂

To download the steps in pdf format, Kindly refer to the Instructable link http://www.instructables.com/id/Brown-Bread-Baked-in-Convection-Oven

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Garlic bread rolls

This is the first bread recipe that I baked with the help of a recipe that I found on the internet. My anxiety levels were quite high right from the beginning until tasting the garlic bread. The taste was awesome and the flavour of garlic filled my home 🙂

Thanks to 

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Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 1 and ½ cup whole wheat flour/atta
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour/maida
  • 1 tsp dry active yeast
  • 150-160 ml water – approx ⅔ cup water (depending on the quality of flour, you may have to add less or more)
  • ½ tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp salt
For the garlic spread
  • 2 tbsp dairy butter or vegan butter
  • ½ to ⅔ tbsp minced or chopped garlic or finely crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped celery
  • ¼ tsp dry oregano
  • 2 pinch carom seeds/ajwain
  • 1 or 2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil or olive oil
  • salt and pepper as required
Method:
  1. Mix  ½ tbsp sugar and yeast in warm water. allow to sit at room temperature for 10-12 mins.
  2. Add the flours, salt and oil to the bowl of yeast mixture after the yeast solution bubbled and frothy.
  3. Mix well and knead to a smooth and soft dough.
  4. Rub oil on the whole dough and keep covered for up to 1:30 to 2 hours until leavened.
  5. Beat the butter with a spoon till light and fluffy. add all the spices & herbs along with salt. mix well.
  6. Check the seasoning in the garlic spread and add more of the herbs, spices or salt if required.
  7. Lightly punch the dough before making the rolls on a work surface.
  8. Divide the dough into two parts.
  9. Take one part of the dough and on a lightly dusted flour, roll to a round or rectangle till you get ½ inch width in the rolled dough
  10. Spread the garlic butter evenly on the dough.
  11. Roll the dough till the end.
  12. Make a similar roll with the other part of the dough.
  13. Slice both the rolls
  14. First give a cut from the center and then equally cut the two parts. so you have now 4 equal slices of the rolled dough.
  15. Grease a pan in which all the 8 rolls will fit. place the rolls in the pan and brush their tops with remaining garlic butter. cover and let the rolls double up for 35-40 minutes.
  16. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of the rolls.
  17. Bake in a pre heated oven for 30-35 minutes at 180 degrees C till the tops are golden.
  18. Serve the garlic bread rolls with tea or coffee.

Bread Balls

Bread balls have mashed potato stuffing in it (which is made into a ball) and bread forms the crusty outer covering and it is deep fried in oil.Its a real good evening snack with hot coffee or tea.

INGREDIENTS:
For Making Of Balls:
2 OR 3 Potatoes
1 large onion
2 green chillies
1/2 cup boiled green peas
any other vegetable (optional)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tablespoon oil
salt to taste
fresh coriander leaves
fresh curry leaves
For Covering Of Balls:
7 or 8 slices of bread(preferably remove the brown edges)
oil for frying

METHOD:
1. Boil potatoes,peel and mash with hands
2. Chop onions,coriander ,curry leaves and green chillies
3. Heat oil , add mustard and cumin seeds
4. when the seeds splutter add turmeric powder ,chopped onions
green chillies and curry leaves
5. Fry till onion turns light brown
6. Add boiled peas,any other vegetable(optional),coriander leaves,
salt as required and fry for a few seconds
7. Finally add mashed potatoes and fry them all for 2 or 3 minutes in
low flame
8. Mix well and cool it ..then make small balls and keep it aside
9. Take one slice of bread, dip it in water for only a second and squeeze
out the excess water.
10. Put one potato ball in the bread and cover it nicely
11. Boil oil in a frying pan.
12. Fry the bread stuffed with potato balls until golden brown

Serve the nice and hot bread balls with ketchup or chutney.