Hmm.. I feel like a slice or two of bread. I have bread. Then a bit of lettuce. Some cheese. And a bit of tomato on the side. Off to the kitchen only to discover a small spot of mold on the bread. So I don’t have any bread. Sigh. Roaming around a bit. Hmm.. I got what I need.. Except baker’s yeast. But I have dry yeast, that’s gonna be interesting. How does a fresh out of the oven bread sound? Nothing fancy. Just plain and simple. Like this:
Sounds good to me. Lets make one, yes?
- 3 dl. milk
- 25 g. butter
- 25 g. yeast (baker’s yeast is best but dry yeast will do fine)
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. sugar
- 500 g. all purpose flour
- 1 egg yolk for “egg wash” (yolk and white beaten together, water, milk or cold black coffee will do fine too)
- Poppy seeds (sesame seeds or herbs will do fine too)
What we’ll do:
- Melt the butter. When it’s melted, add the cold milk and mix. Bring the whole thing to about 35oC, then transfer the mix to a large bowl.
- Add the yeast and dissolve it.
- Add salt and sugar, mix it in.
- Add half the flour and mix that in.
- Add the rest of the flour bit by bit until you can work with the dough on the table.
- Knead the dough until it’s flexible and almost not sticky. (Don’t overwork it)
- Shape the dough to a bread. Put it in a bread tin (L: 26cm x B: 12cm x H: 8 cm) lined with baking paper. Or grease the bread tin if you like.
- Let the bread rest min. 30 min. Rule of thumb: let it rise to double the size. (It took this one 45 min. to get there)
- Brush the eggwash gently over the surface and sprinkle the seeds over it while it’s wet.
- Cut a couple of shallow lines in the bread (scoring) right before baking it.
- Put the bread in a preheated 200oC oven on the lowest rack for 30 min.
When the timer goes of:
Test if the bread’s finished. Tap it gently and listen. It should sound hollow.
Gently slide the bread out of the bread tin and tap it on the bottom too just to be sure. It sounds hollow here too. Let the bread cool on a cooling rack.
If you – like I – can’t wait more than half an hour and the bread is still more than luke warm, flip the bread on the side (easier to cut) and carefully cut a couple of slices. Oh boy! It’s so good!
A bit of lettuce. Some cheese. And a bit of tomato on the side.
That’s what I’m talkin’ about! ❤
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