Whole Wheat Flour- 500 gm
Active Dry Yeast- 2 Tbsp
Sugar (powdered) - 2 Tbsp
Lukewarm Water- 1 and 3/4 Cup
Olive oil- 3 Tbsp
Sesame Seeds- 1/2 Tsp
Flax Seeds - 1/2 Tsp
Salt- 1 Tsp
1. Pour a cup of lukewarm water in a bowl and add the active dry yeast along with the sugar. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds, cover and let it rest in a warm place (like the inside of a microwave that is switched off).
2. After 10 minutes, the yeast will form a frothy layer on top which is an indication that it is activated.
3. Mix the salt with the whole wheat flour.
4. Mix the oil with the activated yeast solution and mix with the whole wheat flour.
5. Knead well and mix more lukewarm water if required.
6. The dough should be soft and towards sticky side. Knead the dough well for 5-10 mins.
7. Shape the dough into a ball and keep it covered with a slightly moist cloth for an hour.
8. After 1 hour, first round of proofing will be over and the dough will rise to double its size.
9. Lightly punch the inflated dough to deflate it. Roll it and tuck the corners down.
10. Place in a bread baking tin that has been greased with oil and keep covered with the moist cloth.
11. After 1 hour the dough will again rise to double its size in the bread baking tin.
12. Lightly brush milk or oil on top of the bread dough and sprinkle sesame and flax seeds.
13. Place the dough in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees C and bake for 20-25 minutes.
14. Check if the bread is done by inserting a knife in the middle. If it comes out clean, it is done.
15. Immediately transfer the bread onto a rack where the air can freely flow through all sides of the bread.
16. Cut into slices when cooled and enjoy!
Note: You can watch a Youtube video like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiMtyjNK8k0 to figure out the kneading and the dough consistency. You will slowly be able to refine the method through trial and error to figure out what works for you.
You can bake in convection mode of a microwave oven at 200 degrees C in case you do not have an oven (what I do).
Making my own bread gives me satisfaction and peace of mind. I can avoid preservatives and chemicals present in breads available in the market. Some reports revealed that white bread is passed off as brown bread after adding brown food colour.
At least I can be sure of the quality of food that is going inside my body.
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