Friday, February 17, 2012

My bread recipe

1.1 kg of flour ( I do 925g of white and the remaining of whole wheat)
35g of vegetable shortening
35g of sugar
15g of salt
20g of quick dry yeast
675g of warm water (2 minutes in my microwave is perfect)
2 egg whites

Use a large mixing bowl for this recipe. 
First I mix the fat with the flour and break it up in tiny pieces.  Then I add the sugar, salt and quick rise yeast. **If you use traditional yeast, mix it in the warm water and wait a couple of minutes until it gets a bit frothy.**

Make a well in the middle, poor in the water and the egg whites and throw your hands in there and mix all ingredients until it forms a ball of dough.  Then throw the dough on the table and knead for 5 MINUTES.  Throwing flour in there once in a while to keep it from sticking.

Sprinkle some flour in the same bowl. Put the ball of dough back in the bowl, and put the bowl in a plastic bag (I use the same Wal Mart bag every time).  Put the bowl in your oven with the light on, the temperature should be right about perfect.  Set the timer for 45 minutes (55 minutes with traditional yeast).  

Now think about something that makes you mad and give a good punch in the middle of the over-inflated ball in the bowl.  Put the dough on the table and work it a bit to remove the air and roll into a cylinder. 

Ok at this point I'm doing a little something because the recipe is a bit too big for three loaves.  I chop the dough in three pieces of about 600g, and a 4th nubbin with the remaining dough.  Work the dough into balls and put into bread moulds. Let rise at room temperature for 10 minutes (15min with the traditional yeast).
While you are waiting, boil a kettle.
When the time is up, press the dough into the moulds to level it.

Warm up the oven just a little bit (around a 100 F) and put a pan of boiling water in there to take care of the steam effect. Set the timer for 45 minutes.

Remove from the oven 5 minutes before the end and preheat the oven at 400F.

Bake 40-45 minutes.  Remove the small loaf 10 minutes before the end or it'll over cook.  Eat the little one warm with butter.  Let the other loaves cool down on a rack, slice and freeze.

VoilĂ !

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