Before you read further I must warn you- ” Baking Breads can be addictive”. There can be nothing more rewarding than a perfectly baked bread and with it I get a big hug from my four year old daughter. She can not differentiate between various breads and keeps singing ” Hot cross buns…” through out the day, when I am baking bread.
Baking bread at home is not as difficult as most people think. It is a long process, though. Some tips on baking bread :
- Plan well in advance.
- Get all the ingredients & utensils in place
- Measuring the ingredients is very important. Use measuring cups and spoons.
- Check the date of packaging of the yeast. I use instant dry yeast which can be directly used in the recipe. While using active dry yeast, Put the yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water with 1/4 teaspoon sugar, and keep it aside for 5-10 minutes. This process is called proofing. Ensure water is neither too hot nor too cold, just warm. Instant dry yeast can be used directly in the recipe. It is important to proof the yeast, to ensure that the yeast is good. If the yeast is not good you will see very little bubbles forming.
- Kneading the dough requires a lot of space so clean the kitchen counter well. I cover the counter with cling film to ensure a clean surface before and after kneading. Kneading the dough is a very important process as it helps in forming gluten and distribute the gasses released by the yeast uniformly. This makes the bread / buns / rolls soft , spongy, airy and light.
My family and friends love home made breads, buns and dinner rolls. I have baked hundreds of dinner rolls for parties at home, and initially I used to be surprised when they would get over, not anymore.
I baked these buns especially for my Husband and daughter to make Burgers as a treat on Father’s Day. When I bake buns at home I have to keep aside a few for my daughter’s school snack box.