Monday, 21 January 2013

Bread - Basic White Loaf - & Bread Pudding

This is a basic white loaf which I made in my Kenwood breadmaker (which I dont use too often!) but as we were snowed in - decided to make this loaf.  This one took about 2.1/2 hours, which isn't much good if you're starving, but it does make a pretty good loaf .... (even if it does look a bit weird!)  Home baked bread doesn't seem to last as long as shop-bought (for obvious reasons), so if it does go stale - you could make a bread pudding* with it. :).

In the base of your breadpan place:
380ml. of warm water (hand hot - not too hot otherwise it will kill the yeast) 
1.1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and
a good squirt of maple syrup (or regular sugar 1.1/2tsp. will do)
1 - 1.1/2 tbls. of salt
then carefully put on top:
600g. Strong (unbleached) white flour 
2 tablespoons dried milk powder
1.1/2 teaspoons of Easy Blend dried yeast

Set your machine for a 'Regular' loaf which should take approx. 2.1/2 hrs.
If you take a peek while it's 'doing' and looks a little dry add a little more liquid and a little more flour - this should then work into a nice smooth dough.
Looks good and tastes lovely. 

*Bread Pudding: 
4 ozs. of white bread (hard crusts removed)
1.1/2 ozs. of demerara sugar
1 large egg
pinch of salt
2 ozs. dried fruit - sultanas, raisins
1.1/2 ozs. melted butter
1/2 tsp. mixed spice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. finely grated lemon rind

Soak the bread in water until soft, then squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
Place in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
Mix well together and pour into a greased loaf tin or baking dish.
Bake at 200 deg.C for at least 3/4 hr.
It should be fairly firm to the touch when done - also test with a skewer to see that it's cooked through.

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