Why we love our homemade bread!
Some people might wonder, why going through all the effort of baking your own bread. Buying is faster and maybe cheaper, and that is what most people want today. Fast and cheap!!
Have you ever wondered why some of those stores bought bread doesn't get moldy, and what those ingredients mean?
Today's mass produced, store bought bread are produced in a high-speed mixing method, which means, instead of allowing bread to ferment and rise on its own time, high levels of yeast and enzymes are added to force the dough to rise quickly, chemicals are sprayed to prevent the growth of mold. Some of the ingredients you find in store-bought bread are:
- flour treatment agent - it acts as an oxidant and retains gas in the dough.
- bleach - used to make flour whiter
- emulsifiers - gives chemically produced softness
- enzymes - increases dough strength and more tolerance to industrial processing gives the impression of volume and softness
- preservatives - calcium propionate, to extend shelf life
The four standard main ingredients of bread are flour, water, yeast, and salt. Depending on which type of bread you are making, you can add different ingredients to it, like herbs, seeds, nuts...You can select all the ingredients that go into your bread.
Besides the nutritional aspect of baking your own bread, it is creative, fun, delicious and rewarding. And when the house gets this wonderful smell of homemade bread, those are just some of the reasons, why we love our homemade bread!!
Our favourite recipe right now is baguette!
- 500 g wheat flour
- 25 g yeast
- 1/4 l water (250ml)
- 1 tbsp. salt
pour flour into bowl, make a little dent in the middle and add yeast. Add a little bit of water to yeast and mix in with four in dent. Let sit for 10 minutes. Add salt and rest of water and mix dough till you can form a nice ball.
Cover the bowl and let sit for 2 hours in a warm spot. Grease and flour a cookie sheet. On a lightly floured surface shape the dough into a long loaf, place on cookie sheet and make 2 or 3 slashes across loaf.
Cover, and let rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes.
Preheat ofen to 220C, bake for 10 minutes, turn down oven to 180C and bake another 10 min.
What is your favorite bread recipe, please share it with your friends and family.