I just want to share with you my family recipe of home-made bread. It’s originally my grandmother’s. It’s very simple to make!
If you have a bread machine, you simply add the ingredients and wait for the machine to do the work! If you like myself, don’t have any bread machine, then you’re in for a good arm workout 😉
it’s fun. it’s hands on and the kids can be involved in the process. I think it’s a great weekend (Saturday morning perhaps) indoor activity!
Ama‘s Bread Loaf
makes 2 small loaves and 5 bread rolls OR 2 big loaves
10 g yeast
700 g plain flour (500 g of high protein/bread flour and 200 g plain flour)
1 tbsp of dairy/soy/nut free margarine (I use Nuttelex)
2 cups warm water
110 g sugar
2 tsps salt
for the wash: 150 ml of water and 2 tsps of sugar
for topping: sesame seeds, poppy seeds, any seeds you like
If you have a bread machine, follow its instructions.
If you do it manually, then here it goes:
- Mix the yeast, a cup of water and 200 g of flour. Leave it in a warm place. This process helps to activate the yeast. While you set it away, weigh the rest of the ingredients and mix everything in a big mixing bowl.
- Once the yeast mixture is bubbling and expanding, mix them into the rest of ingredients. Knead them for a good 10-15 minutes, or basically until the dough comes together and soft. How to knead? punch, pull and press the dough. this is where the fun begins!
- Once you’ve done with the kneading, shape a round dough, place it in a mixing bowl and keep them somewhere warm. I put them inside my oven. Now, we’ll wait until it’s doubled in size, should take around 1-1.5 hrs depending on how warm/cold where you are. In summer time, I found it’s doubled in size in 40-50 minutes. Today, I waited for 1 hr.
- Once it’s doubled in size, punch the dough! It will shrink the dough and knead them again for 5 minutes. After that, you may divide the dough into 2 even portions for 2 big loaves or I split them into 3 and make 2 smaller loaves and 5 bread rolls. I also mixed in some poppy seeds. By all means, you may use chia seeds, linseed, poppy seeds, any seeds you like! Or keep it plain and simple 🙂
- After splitting them into even portions, leave them in a bread tin or round tin, whatever you use and we wait again for about 20-30 minutes. This process will finalize the yeast activity before we bake them. At this stage, you may start pre-heating your oven at 160C.
- Last step is to brush the top of the bread with the wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds (if you like, of course!). Bake them for 25 minutes.
- Once it’s done, it should sound hollow when you tap the bottom bit. It should be golden in colour and your house will smell like a bakery. Wonderful smell and it will definitely wake up your neighbour ;P we then brush the top of the bread with dairy/soy/nut free margarine or butter (if you’re not allergic/intolerant to dairy). the margarine will seal its moisture and keep the bread soft and not dry.
- Bon apetite 🙂
I love this bread, I could eat (a lot of) it by itself! It’s such a comforting feeling, sipping a warm cup of tea while waiting for the bread to bake then enjoy it fresh from the oven. Yum. Yum. Yum.
*Ama in Indonesian means grandmother- or at least that’s how I called mine