Monday, September 3, 2012

White Bread



Cook time: 25-30 Mins
Yields: 2 Loaves

Ingredients:

5 to 6 cups Maida (1 Cup = 250gms)

2 packets for Instant Yeast (I used DCL Instant Yeast) (for every 500gms of flour use 7 grams of instant yeast)

3 tablespoon Sugar

2 teaspoons Salt

1 and 1/2 cups Water

1/2 cup Milk

2 tablespoons Butter

 
Procedure:

  1. In a  pan heat water, milk and butter until very warm. Use a candy thermometer and warm till the  temperature is between 120F-130F.
  2. Mix  2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Stir the milk mixture into the flour/yeast mix.
  4. Use an electric mixer at medium speed and beat for about 2 minutes. Stir in another cup of flour, beat again for 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl as needed or hand mix it by adding flour until you get a nice stretchy dough.
  5. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. (Qty of dough depends on its moisture contents in it, go by your instinct, until it forms a nice smooth dough.
  6. Lightly flour the surface you will be working on and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Cover; let rise 10 minutes.
  8. Divide dough in half. Roll each half to 12×7 inch rectangle. Beginning at short end of each rectangle, roll up tightly. Pinch seams and ends to seal completely.
  9. Grease two 8×4 inch loaf pans and place the dough seam sides down.
  10. Cover using plastic wrap; let rise in warm, draft free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. (See My Notes).
  11. Meanwhile preheat the oven at 200C for about 15 minutes.
  12. When the dough has doubled in size, using the pastry brush, smear the loaf by dipping it in milk. That's Milk Wash. This makes the bread layer to get golden brown colour.
  13. Bake it for 25-30 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.(You can chose to reduce the yeast amount and increase the time for rise, but make sure the dough is doubled in size before you bake.
  14. Like always you have to wait for the bread to come to room temperature before you can cut it into slices. If you prefer eating warm bread then just apply some butter and tear it off and enjoy.
Try it with half a quantity mentioned above to get one loaf, it still works perfectly! Good Luck!