Saturday, July 21, 2007

Multi-grain Bread

Just in case you think I do nothing but blog, let me show you that I'm not that lazy. I baked 3 loaves of multi-grain bread yesterday. I thought I could keep it for our overnight fishing trip this weekend but they're all gone.

Yi said her friend Z thought a bother baking bread when I can just use a bread-making machine. Well, I forgive the young lady since she's from Singapore where nobody cooks anything anymore.

It used to frustrate me that I could make 3 or 4-tier wedding cakes for special friends but not make a loaf of bread. Whatever bread I made was like stone. One night (3 years ago) I decided to throw everything into my Kenwood Major and guess what? The bread was so soft and heavenly I remember the whole family eating it all in the TV room at 10 pm. Since then I've learnt that you just need a good strong machine to knead through all that gluten. It is just so exciting and satisfying to see the dough rise--I think Jamie Oliver said it best about the the joy of making your own bread. I know machine-made bread is just as good, but ...well, try it yourself.

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Multi-grain Bread

900g hi-protein/bread flour
1 1/4 cup multi-grain
3 t dry yeast (make sure it's active)
4 to 5 T fine sugar
4 T low-fat milk powder
1 t salt (or more if like)
520 ml cold water (more if necessary)
100g butter or veg oil (can omit if health-conscious)

1. Put everthing into mixer bowl and, using the 'J' hook for kneading, knead for 8 minutes at medium speed till dough is smooth and springs back when you poke it lightly. If your machine is not heavy-duty, pause every now and then to let it cool but the total kneading time must be at least 8 min.

2. Cover the dough (still in the mixer bowl) with a cloth and leave for 1 hour.

3. Punch dough down and divide into 3 portions. Take one portion, flour working surface and a rolling pin and roll it into a disc about 1 cm thick. Then roll it up like a swiss roll and place it, seam-side down, into a greased loaf pan. Do same with the other two pieces of dough. Leave the dough to proof in unheated oven, for 1 1/2 hours until it's 2 1/2 times its original size.

4. Heat oven at 200 C for at least 10 min. Egg-wash the breads' tops and put into oven, middle rack. Be very light-handed. You don't thud it or it'll sink! Bake 10 min, then increase heat to 230 C and bake another 20 min. If it browns too much, cover with a piece of foil or switch to bottom element.

Note: Eat with Lurpak or President butter! If you want plain bread, just omit the multi-grain and use equivalent amount of hi-protein flour. Adjust the amount of water and flour because sometimes the absorbancy of the flours differ.



10 comments:

Hong Yi said...

Correction... my friend never said that you're 'stupid' to do that, she just asked why since you can easily use a machine

Terri @ hungerhunger said...

sorry. will edit.

Shan said...

Nothing beats the smell of baking bread in a home :)

raina said...

Your bread is simply delicious. Can I order from you on a regular basis? I am serious and I'll pay too.

honey said...

wow..this is nice.. i need to seriously consider buying breadmaker...

Terri @ hungerhunger said...

shan: so true...
raina: ur welcome anytime!
honey: i don't know any honey but hi! yes, i hear Sanyo makes a good bread-making machine. or is it Sony?does Sony make bread machines??Anyway its one of these.

raina said...

So, when are you baking? Just give me a call and I'll drop by.

Anonymous said...

What type of multi grain do you use. Multi grain flour??

terri@adailyobsession said...

i use a mixture of whatever seeds are available here, n smtimes my friend brings them frm australia: sunflower seeds, linseeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flaxseeds etc. smtimes i also throw in a handful of muesli n smtimes i use wholemeal flour instead of plain bread flour.

Anonymous said...

Hi Terri,

I tried the recipe yesterday, it taste so good.. however, my bread is a little bit chewy.. Will you have any idea why?

Thanks.. :)

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