Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Fresh Loaf of Bread...

Been trying to get that fresh-out-of-oven bread.. and it doesnt always turn out right.. but this one got me 4 stars out of 5 from hubby dearest.. :)

You need:

700 gms plain white flour
1  tbls - or less - salt
1 tsp yeast - instant
1 tsp sugar
around 400 ml warm water
egg wash with one egg and some warm water
sesame seeds

This is what you should do:

1- put the flour in a baking tin and let it warm up in the oven. Turn the oven off after 10 minutes and remove

2- add in all ingredients plus the water to the flour and mix - either by hand or in machine

3- the dough should be slightly sticky, so if it is too dry, add some more water, spoonwise

4- turn it over to a floured surface and knead well by hand for at least 5 to 7 minutes

5- spray cling film with oil, put the dough in a bowl, cover with the film and set it in a warm place to rise - at least 2 hours

6- remove, punch down gently, form by pulling it flat and rolling up.. and place the loaf in a well buttered tin, cover it again and let it rise again till it is well to the edge

7- DO NOT punch it down! Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with seeds and pop in a warm oven, preheated at least 10 minutes before. Place a tray full of water at the base of the oven. The boiling of that water will make steam, giving your bread a crispy crust..

8- bake for 30 to 40 minutes - remove from tin and knock on the base. It should sound hollow.. turn it over and place it back in the tin - upside down.. so that the sides and bottom get crisp too..

9- let it cool a bit before cutting.. and then lather it with salted butter and all those goodies that taste so good on oven fresh bread :)


  1. What only 4 marks very very "not nice" i give you 10 out of 5 !!!! Really super duper manno looking amazing!!!!! Tasty!!!! Ummmmmm.....

  2. looking amazing!!u r Really super

  3. could u please tell the tempeture of the oven??

  4. Mariam, I have a gas oven - so I preheated that on gas mark 2 for 10 minutes and then lowered to mark 1 when I put the bread in. Around 30 minutes later, I took the bread out and chkd and it was just a mm away from done.. so I switched off the heat below and turned the grill on low on.. which I kept till the end. That is, till after I had crisped the bottom of the bread. Thanks for the question and I hope I've cleared it :)

  5. it looks really nice.all puffy and yummmmmyyyyy.u made me feel hungry by looking at the pictures.u should really start a restaurant by urself.people will love coming to eat ur foods at ur restaurant or u could start a show "how to cook the yummmiest food in the world"i can't wait to try it.........................nourins mum

  6. woooooooooowthis loooks so yummmmmmmm & perfecto

  7. And thank you, Nourin's mum :)

  8. Asalamoalaikum Ruhina, followed ur blog from foodilicious. ur cooking looks very god though i hvnt tried anything yet. first i wud try the bread uv made. for this i wanted to know the brand of yeast u use. coz i too make pizza dough at home which comes out very well but i would like to omit the yeast smell that come in it. which brand of yeast do u use? do u know why do the bread or buns we buy dont have any of the yeast smell? what do they use? is it another brand or some other rising agent.the brand i use is DCL-active dried yeast and is in the form of small balls the size of mustard seeds.am waiting for ur reply. keep up the good work and keep posting ur wonderful recipes with the easy to follow pics the credit of which goes to ur sweet daughter. good work gurya!!!

  9. Walaikum ass;salaam Naila,
    thanks ever so much for ur appreciations. Makes me feel good. And my daughter is pleased to the core.. she's awwwww-ing since I told her :)
    As to yeast,. Well I use the same DCL - and the yeast smell will come while its frothing. But, once the dough is made, it should subside. If its still there, then it means u have either used too much yeast, or left the dough to rise for too long.
    I've tried different yesat brands - DCL is actually the best.
    I'd be happy if u tried something.. and gave me ur feedback on it. Thanks once again :)


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