Friday my son was going on a field trip and he had to take brown bag for lunch. He wanted to take sandwich for his brown bag lunch. The batch of bread that I had baked for the week was almost over. So I told him the day before, I will buy bread on my way back home. He says mom don’t get bread from the store, your bread is awesome, I would love if you can bake them for me :). Now I had to bake bread for him, after his statement :).
Plain white bread is really light, airy, soft and has a flaky crust. This is our staple for breakfast most of the week days. Sometimes I end up baking 2 batches in the week, as everyone loves this bread at home.
We have this bread with various toppings and sometimes for sandwich as well. Some of the fav toppings for breakfast are
– toast the bread with a dab of ghee and drizzle honey
– toast the bread with a dab of ghee and smear with palak chutney
whole wheat flour 1 cup
unbleached bread flour 2½ cups
olive oil 3 tbsp
butter 3 tbsp
milk powder 2 tbsp
salt 1 tsp
sugar 2 tbsp
water 1⅓ cup
rapid rise yeast 1 packet (2¼ tsp)
Grease a baking pan, dust with flour and set aside.
Heat the water in microwave for 50 secs.
Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl except water.
Slowly add water and mix the dough with hand or using a kitchen aid stand mixer.
Knead the dough for 10-12 mins.
Smear lil oil in a bowl and place this kneaded dough to proof for 60 mins in a warm place (note: can keep it in oven with the light turned on) or till it doubles.
Remove the dough on to a working surface, spread some flour and knead for 5 mins.
Shape the kneaded dough and place it in the baking pan.
Cover the baking pan with a plastic wrap.
Let the dough sit in a warm place for 40 mins, till it rises to the rim of the baking pan.
Pre-heat the oven to 425 deg F.
Bake the bread in the pre-heated oven for 15-16 mins.
Remove the bread from the oven and let it sit in the baking pan for 10-15 mins.
Note: the bread will be very hard once it comes out of the oven. Tapping it should make a hollow sound
Move the bread on the cooling rack.
Let the bread cool completely before slicing it.
Enjoy the super soft, light, and airy bread.