As you might have noticed my blog has changed quite a bit. I decided to purchase my own domain and to switch from blogger to self-hosted wordpress.
One of the main reasons for the switch, was that I wanted to have a recipe plugin to help with google searches. However, since I am doing this by myself, with zero wordpress experience and in my spare time it might take a while before all the old posts are change to the new format and all the functions I had on my old blog are up again. Please bear with me during the transition and let me know if you find bugs, I will do my best to fix them.
So make sure to update your bookmarks and join me on my new site!
To warm up my new virtual home I decided to bake some delicious bread for you. I have been experimenting with this bread for quite some time and now and I am confident I have a great recipe for you to bake your sandwich bread at home and forget the store bought one.
And let me give credit where credit is due. Adriano’s blog Profumo di Lievito is the main reason why my bread is now consistently turning out great. So if you can read Italian hop over by Adriano and start baking!
And last but not least, let me thank Manu from Manu’s Menu for passing me a couple of great awards right on the day I came to this new home on the web.
Sandwich bread: baking for my new home on the web
- 1/2 lb all purpose flour
- 1/2 lb bread flour
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1/4 cup oil or butter (optional)
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- pinch of salt
- Mix the two flours. Put half of the total amount of flour in a bowl and mix it with 1 cup of water in which you had dissolved the yeast until well combined. Cover the bowl wit plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours add the rest of the ingredients: salt, the other half of the flour, water and the oil/butter. You might need to add slightly more or less water depending on the absorption capacity of the flower. The objective is to get a smooth, elastic and non sticky dough. Again cover with plastic foil.
- Let the dough rest and rise for another hour and then put it on the counter. flatten it by pulling on the borders and the fold in three. put back in the bowl to rise covered for another half hour.
- After half hour turn on the oven at 375F and place a pot with water on the bottom. The steam will help keep the crust soft as you bake your bread. Form the dough into a long roll about three times the size of your loaf pan, fold in three and put in your loaf pan to rise.
- By the time your oven is ready, the bread should have more or less doubled. Put the loaf in the oven and cook for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.
- Take the bread out of the pan and let cool down wrapped in a clean tea towel.
- If you keep the bread in a ziploc bag, it will last up to a week. It get a bit soggy by the end of the week, but it will still be great if you pop it in the toaster for a couple of minutes.
- I often play with the flour and with the liquid. you can safely substitute up to half of the flour mix with whole wheat. I also played with rye, but there you shouldn't go past 7 oz. out of the total 1lb of flour, otherwise the bread doesn't rise properly.
- For the liquid you can use milk, buttermilk water pretty much interchangeably. I don't see much of a difference
- If you are watching fats you can easily leave out the butter and oil. Again no great changes.
- Of course you can add all the spices and flavorings you like. Seeds, nuts, herbs, spices and dried fruits are all great additions to the bread. Just pick your favorites.