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Bread

 bread Last week I gave a  quick ,yeast ,breadmaking demonstration to my ICA guild . Since we had the recipe all typed up nice for that I figure its time to finally do thepromised post for easy breadmaking.

We seldom buy bread anymore as it takes such little time to whip up a batch of dough. We use the same basic dough with slight variations for most of  our breads. I know there are bakers throwing up their hands in shock at that blasphemy but really- yeast dough is very forgiving . I figure Life is too short for exact weighing of yeast and other additives. Lash it in .

Bread

Basic recipe

3 Cups flour

1 heaped Tablespoon yeast

1 Tablespoon salt

1 Tablespoon sugar

2 Cups water

More flour to knead.(approx 2 cups)

Method

Step 1.add 2cups of flour, the yeast, sugar and salt to a large bowl and combine.

Step 2. add the 2cups of water to the mixture and combine to form a spongy doughsponge

Step 3. Leave the dough to sit until it doubles in size then add enough flour to make a dough that is stiff and knead it until it bounces back when pokeddough

Step 5. Grease a baking tray or bread pan and place the kneaded dough into it and leave for a bit to double.oiled bread

Step 6. place dough into a pre-heated oven at approximately 200 degrees C for 20-25 minutes depending on bread size. cook pizzzas  etc for less bread

Optional extras to add to dough

seeds, bran, porridge oats, other flours, herbs, cooked grains, dried fruit, fruit puree

Pizza

Stretch the dough thinly over a greased baking tray and pour tomato sauce and toppings of your choice over dough, before it is cooked.pizza basepizzapizza cooked

Calzone

roll dough into a thin circle, pour a pasta sauce onto one half and fold over. Crimp to seal edge.

Foccacio

Stretch dough thinly over a greased baking tray, dimple the dough with your fingers, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and rosemary before cooking. Foccacio may also be made with sundried tomatoes, olives  and fresh herbs etc.

Onion board

For onion board, stretch dough thinly over a greased baking tray, cover with thinly sliced onions and sprinkle with paprika and coarse salt before cooking.onion boardonion boardonion board

Flat breads

divide the dough into golf ball sized portions. Stretch each one into a thin oblong. Grill or bake for a few minutes until cooked.

Tomato bread

replace water with a can of cooked tomatoes or add herbs as well.

pumpkin bread

replace water with an equal amount of cooked pureed pumpkin or squash. Add cinnamon and nutmeg as well

Cinnamon roll

Enrich the dough using oil/butter/margarine(a few T), 1-2eggs and milk instead of water. Roll out dough and coat with brown sugar and cinnamon mixed together. Roll dough into a sausage shape very carefully. Slice in to pieces 1 inch thick and place on greased baking tray to cook.

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