Wednesday, 17 October 2007
3 mugs flour
3 teaspoons yeast
1 and 1/2 tsp sugar
230 ml or 1 cup very warm water.
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
4 – 5 tablespoons milk
… and this is what you should do..
- make sure the water is HOT. But you should be able to just about bear with holding your finger in for a count of 10.
- put yeast in the cup, add sugar and pour water. Mix, stand aside.
- toss the flour in a large mixing bowl, add salt and milk.
- as soon as the yeast mixture is frothy…..
- Add it to the flour. And mix. The dough should be slightly sticky, oil your hands and form into a ball. On no accounts should you use more water or wet your hands!
- Knead it until the ball is soft and spongy. It will remain a wee bit sticky but that’s alright.
- Stick the bowl in a plastic shopping bag and keep it someplace warm. A window sill with lots of sunshine is best. Keep the window closed though! So the dough just gets the sun and no air.
- About an hour and half later, the dough should look like this…
- Punch it down, form a ball and let it rise again
- Repeat this at least once.
- Your oven should be pre-heated. Its okay to preheat it at a 100.
- Form your dough, roll it out with the help of some flour.
- Stick it on the tray and bake in the HOT oven for about 15-20 minutes. Don’t forget to switch on the grill!
Some important points:
Yeast DOES NOT like cold! So never stick it in a cool room to rise.
Nor should you put it where the AC can get to it.
Never put anything of yeast in a cold oven.
The oven has to be HOT HOT HOT!
Actually, this recipe is fool-proof. I've been using it since over a year and its always perfect. You can even make small flatbreads, fill them with mince or whatever u have, close them to crescents and bake!