21 May 2008

Homemade Bread for Taste & Create

Easy White Bread

There are a few events in the blogosphere that I try not to miss. One such event is the brainchild of Nicole (aka Myamii) over at For the Love of Food . She is a young mom from the States who has been living in Germany for the past 5 years. I love to visit her site for all the delicious recipes as well as tidbits on how to get more traffic to our own blogs. She even has an on-line store with wonderful kitchen gadgets and gourmet foods. If you haven't had the chance to visit please take the time...you will be glad you did.

The premise of the Taste & Create event is simple... we are paired with another blogger... we choose a recipe from their extensive posts...we prepare the dish and then... blog about it. I love this event because I am able to showcase someone else's blog, a favourite dish or just rave about a blogging friend. The blogosphere is filled with delicious recipes that are piling up waiting for me to try. It's time to get some of them out from the blogosphere and into my kitchen!!!! Taste & Create allows me to to do just that each and every month!!! What could be better!



This is my second installment for this months event. I am paired with 2 special bloggers this month, the second being the talented Aparna at My Diverse Kitchen . Aparna is a stay-at-home mom living in India. She says that as a family they are willing to try any food at least once, providing it is vegetarian and looks appealing enough to eat. In browsing through her blog I have discovered that she loves to make bread, naan, roti, cardamon loaf...you name it. A lot of the Indian spices are still a mystery to me and I just haven't found a source so I opted to showcase her blog with one of her delicious breads.

Aparna says, "This is a bread I bake often. It is very easy to make and doesn’t require any special skills or technique. My daughter and husband call this my “unhealthy” bread. This is because I have a tendency to try and make most of my breads “healthier” by adding whole wheat flour, or bran, or wheat germ, etc.! I have to add that they seem to prefer this “unhealthy” version."

The verdict: This is a very simple bread to make and perfect for the baking challenged like myself. I can see why it would be a recipe that Aparna would go back to time and time again.!!!!!!

**Easy White Bread**

3 cups all purpose flour + flour for dusting
3 tablespoons oil
1- ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
1- ½ teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt

Dissolve the sugar in 1 cup warm water and add the yeast. Keep for about 5 minutes till the yeast froths. Mix the flour and salt together. Add the yeast mixture, oil and enough water to make a soft and pliable dough. Aparan says, "I do this in the food processor and then do a final kneading by hand."

Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and allow to double in volume. Now punch back the risen dough and gently shape into a round. Cut a cross on the top using a sharp knife. (Aparna says. "I do this using a pair of scissors.") Dust the top of the bread with flour. Allow to rise.

Bake at 200C (400 F) for about 30 minutes. If tapped on the top the bread will sound hollow, once it is done. Cool on a rack.

You can find Aparna's original recipe here .

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23 comments:

  1. Yay...for easy bread to make...it looks as good as the breads proofed overnight.

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  2. I love that bread recipe. I make one similar in my bread machine (yep I use one of those awful things!). We eat no store bought bread and without the machine I would be baking bread ALL the time. I just may put it away for one loaf and try this one!!!

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  3. You do make it sound easy, breezy & beautiful Val...& that applies to your whole post. What a great picture too...loaded with character!

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  4. Looks like a beautiful loaf! Nothing beats homemade bread:)

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  5. Looks like a variant of the bread I posted a couple of weeks back. Yours looks easier, though... I may have to try this one.

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  6. Lovely Bread Val but the Bread with Cardamom has intrigued me and shall visit and see if it's something I can make.

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  7. You gotta love an easy to make bread! A great blogging event as well!

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  8. Well you know I don't have about home made bread! This would be perfect as an addition to my "breads of the world series". I think I may host an event like that...

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  9. Looks great! I might have to give it a try!

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  10. Sandie (Inn Cuisine)May 21, 2008

    Fascinating event...I've never heard of it until your last 2 posts! It sounds wonderful, but how do you ever decided which recipes to choose?

    Loved the photo here (especially the background...) It really drew me into this post.

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  11. I'm still so intimidated by breads, but you make me want to give this one a try! Looks great.

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  12. What a very classic photo! A bottle of wine, a loaf of bread . . .
    The bread is beautiful!

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  13. I love easy breads. I must make this one in my search for the perfect bread :)

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  14. A classic, beautifully executed!

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  15. I really like simple breads like these.

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  16. There are only a few things that beat baking and eating your own bread. Lovely post Val.

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  17. Valli, You had two partners this time.
    I'm glad the bread came out well. Looks good.
    Guess what? I also made bread from your blog. We liked it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  18. These bread look wonderful Vall, I love bread at home!! xGloria

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  19. Nice looking bread. I really like making bread but I don't seem to do it too often...

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  20. Let's here it for easy. Your bread looks terrific.

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  21. Val, if you say it's easy to do, then I bookmark it! I'm seeing all these breads and so far this looks as the easiest recipe. What does the T mean when you refer to oil?

    Thanks darling :D

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  22. I'm staring at your photo, I love the green in the background along with the crystal glass, and your perfectly formed bread!

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  23. I can't believe I haven't heard of this event before!

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