Sunday, September 21, 2008

DIY Bread

Been messing around with bread recently. Always wanted to bake my own loaf but my first loaf while smelling good was a hunk of rock, too little water. :(

This was my 2nd attempt. A simple focaccia with some parmesan cheese, black pepper, paprika and sea salt. Not too bad though... but can be better.
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Focaccia bread(adapted from Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food)

2 teaspoon dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
Add and mix well:
1/4 cup unbleached white flour(I used bread flour)
1/4 cup rye flour(I used semolina flour)
Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes
Mix together in another bowl:
3 1/2 cup unbleached white flour(Bread flour)
1 teaspoon salt
Stir this into the yeast and flour mixture with:
3/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup olive oil
Knead until soft and elastic.
Put the dough in a large bowl, cover and let double in size around 2 hours.
Shape the dough in a generously oiled pan and drizzle with 2 tablespoon of olive oil.
cover and let double in size around 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 230 deg C
Sprinkle some salt on the dough and place it at the bottom tray of the oven for around 20 - 25 minutes.


Wanna try a sour dough style soon.

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8 comments:

Chubbypanda said...

Ooooh... A little olive oil and balsamic are all I ask. Mmm...

Keropok Man said...

I feel like having some bread now... Hungry at work :-(

Camemberu said...

makes me feel like baking again! oh darn, oven's still busted!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

so many to try...so little time...

i havent ventured to baking my own bread yet...

yours look fab! well done!

CRIZ LAI said...

Wow.. this is impressive. Can I have some with ham on it? :P

P/s: Curious to find out what you did with that "rock" bread. The last time I saw a "rock" bread was when it was sliced up in smaller pieces, soaked with milk, sugar, eggs, raisin,butter and rebaked in the over. Cool dessert with a scoop of yummy Vanilla ice cream. :P

http://crizfood.blogspot.com/

southernoise said...

hey criz, that rock is still in my freezer. I'd normally chop some up in my mini blender for any recipes that calls for breadcrumbs. :)

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