Like most of the Indian Kitchens, my cooking revolves around pressure cooker. But now that i have got new oven, i am excited like a kid to bake. Why not start with bread, so i flipped across food blogs (I don’t even remember now, how many). Picked bits and pieces from here and there, got a decent idea, but at the end came with this bread. I am greatful to everyone out there, whose recipe inspired me. What a delicious beauty this bread was!!!!
Here is how I made my first bread :)
All-purpose flour – 2 cups
Salt- ½ teaspoon
Sugar – ¼ cup (I used the normal granulated sugar)
Milk – ½ cup
Vanilla extract – 2 teaspoon
Coco powder – 1 teaspoon
Butter – 4+1 tablespoon
Eggs – 2 at room temprature
Yeast – 12 gms (I used dry yeast)
sesame seeds – 2 teaspoons or as much you like
In a bowl add all-purpose flour, salt and sugar and keep aside. Add butter into milk and heat it just enough that butter is melted. I microwaved it for 30 seconds.
Because I was using dry yeast, I did proofing as per the instructions given on the packet. Add yeast in ½ cup lukewarm water. Covered the cup with cling film and kept it for 15 minutes.
When yeast is ready, mix all dry ingredients with butter and milk along with yeast. Mix it very well. Make sure there are no lumps. I don’t hesitate in using my hands J. Now add one egg at a time. When egg is mixed add another. Mix it well, when I say well, I mean really well. There has to be no lumps. If required add some extra flour. Dough is ready. Keep it in a greased bowl.
Recipes said that the dough needs to be kept for sometime. Now, I was doing this at 12 in the night, that too on a week day. I had no energy left so kept the dough in the refrigerator and it was there till next evening.
I rolled the dough, applied butter, sprinkled some sesame seeds and folded like you do while making pastry. I did these folds twice. I know, it was no fancy or chef like but it worked!!!
In a tray, set the butter paper in a way that some of it is extra than required for the tray. This way it will be easier to take bread out of the tray after being cooked. Grease the butter paper. Transfer the dough in the tray. Spread some butter on the top of it with the pastry brush and generously spread sesame seeds.
In preheated oven at 180’C, bake for 50 minutes or when it is cooked. Cool it for 15-20 minutes and the bread is ready.
I had some chocolate sauce left from yesterday. The bread was just amazing with the chocolate sauce. Made me so so happy. Can’t explain what a joy and relief it is, after a hectic day at work, to see your bread,glazed in butter ,rising gloriously in the oven and bite of it total stress buster!!!!