Whenever I pass by a bakery, the delicious smell of freshly-baked breads in various shapes and with or without some topping seems always make my mouth watering. But I have rarely bought breads because I thought of their freshly-baked smell fainted away along my way home. I always wanted to make bread at home to enjoy the fresh smell of them so I did some research, made some tries and came up with the following easy bread recipe that any beginners can follow to make breads at home.
You may assume that the dough kneading is a difficult step of making breads, but don’t worry. After some minutes of practicing it following the instruction, you will find this step enjoyable. Give this bread recipe a try and you will believe what I said.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 10-12 breads 1x
- Category: Bread Recipes
- Method: Baking
- 500g flour
- 100g sugar
- 8g instant yeast
- 5g salt
- 1 egg
- 15g cooking oil
- 110g fresh milk
- 110g water
- 15g butter
- 1 egg yolk
Step 1: Mixing dry ingredients
- Place the flour in a mixing bowl.
- Pour the sugar, instant yeast and salt into the mixing bowl.
- Mix them well with a whisk
Step 2: Mixing wet ingredients with dry ingredients
- Put the egg on the dry mixture then pour the cooking oil, milk and water in
- Dump the butter in and gently fold the mixture with a spatula for the wet ingredients to absorb. We don’t need to mix well with the spatula at this time because the secret of making bread lies on how well you knead the dough in next step.
Step 3: Kneading the dough
- Take the flour mixture from the bowl and place it onto a silicon non-stick kneading / rolling mat or on a floured surface. Dust your hands with some flour or cooking oil to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.
- Begin by gently turning the mixture over and over in a circular movement from the side to center of the mat, for the remaining dry ingredients to blend in and then knead it.
- To knead the dough, press down and then outward on it with the palms of your hands, fold it toward the center and press down and then again push down and outward.
- Repeat the kneading until the dough is smooth and supple. You can test to see if the dough has been kneaded enough by holding a small amount of dough with the thumb and first two fingers of each hand then stretching it out gently. If the dough falls apart, you need to knead it more. Otherwise, it is perfect.
- Shape the dough in round form, put it in rest for 1 hour and then move to next step.
Step 4: shaping the breads
- Move the dough to a counter and stretch it out into a long, round shape by rolling it with two hands in a quick movement.
- Cut the dough into pieces of a size that you can cup it with one hand (around 10 to 12 pieces for our bread recipe).
- Shape each piece in round form by using two hands or by placing the piece on the counter surface then cupping your hand on it and moving your hand quickly in a circular movement. You can also shape the dough in loaf, in rolls or in other forms if you like.
- Transfer the shaped pieces of dough to a baking tray covered with a non-stick baking mat.
Step 5: top finishing and baking
- Stir one egg yolk in a small bowl and brush the yolk on top of the round pieces of dough. The yolk will bring beautiful yellow brown color to your breads. Or you can use some melted butter instead.
- Sprinkle some sesame on top. Sesame will give the breads a delicious smell and taste.
- Put the dough in rest for 30 minutes.
- Bake the dough at 180 degrees C for 25 minutes.
- Remove the breads from the oven, let them cool down a bit and enjoy.
My favorite way to enjoy the breads with more flavor is to dip each bread piece in strawberry jam (or other types of jam that you like), taste it and then take one sip of hot tea or coffee. Feel so refreshing, doesn’t it?
If you follow this bread recipe, I will be really happy to receive your comments.
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