Baking Diary – Log 6 – 07.05.2012
—- This post was written on 06.05.2012 —–
Today, the destiny of Manchester United Football Club for this season is quite set.
And it is not a good one.
Manchester City beat Newcastle United at 2:0 this afternoon and that means if M.U won’t beat Swansea City at more than 10:0 (which is quite impossible), it will lose the Premier League Championship, which also means that M.U come back to Old Trafford empty-handed for this whole season.
Bear, my boyfriend, has been a big fan of M.U since he started watching football, over 10 years ago. I have been a fan of Van Der Sar, M.U former goal keeper for almost 2 years now. Though he retired last season and recently I have changed my admiration to another goalkeeper (Manuel Neuer, new player of Bayern Munich) after watching the match between his team and Real Madrid few weeks ago, my support for M.U has never been reduced.
Bear mood is not so high after watching Man. City game. He signs and shakes his head constantly. Therefore, I decide to bake some bread that he loves, with hope to lighten his mood.
But today, I also want to reorganize my food photo collection, which is almost 10GB and potentially takes lots of time. So, it has to be something light, something simple, something quick, and something that Bear likes. Humm, what to bake?
Got it! I will bake my Daily White Bread – a revision of the Amish White Bread, a very popular bread recipe on allrecipes.com. Here is the link to the original with more than 2000 positive reviews.
It is super duper easy bread for beginner of bread baking, yet it is very yummy and versatile. It was the first bread recipe I tried to bake a long time ago and still now ranks very high in my recipe collection.
Here is my version.
(for one regular freeform loaf, one 10x10x20cm Pull-man loaf, or 12 regular buns)
- 390g bread flour
- 235g warm water/ milk (Note: milk will increase the flavor and the smell, but decrease the shelf life, your choice)
- 1 ½ tsp. salt
- 50g sugar
- 28g soft butter, room temperature (Note: can be replaced by canola oil if you are in a hurry, but beware that oil cannot be as flavorful as butter)
- 12g fresh yeast (Note: I always prefer using fresh yeast in my baking, detail why can be found here in my previous post about Banh Mi, if you don’t have it in hand, use 6g dry yeast or 4g instant yeast)
Step 1: Dumb everything above into a big mixing bowl. I can do that because I use fresh yeast; I can just crumble it all over and start mixing. YAY, fresh yeast! If you use other type of yeast, activate it correctly according the manufacturer and process with other ingredients.
Step 2: Start mixing on low speed for about 2 minutes until you achieve a cohesive mass, like this.
My revised recipe has the hydration of 60% rather than 57% in the original recipe, so it will feel a little wet and sticky. But it is all right, the higher hydration make the bread moister and softer.
Step 3: Increase the speed to medium. Mix for 7 minutes until the dough comes together, and starts slapping on the bowl’s wall.
The gluten development should be on stage 3, meaning the dough can be stretched out to very thin sheet without being tore. Like this.
Step 4: form your dough into a ball, put it in a lightly oiled bowl. Like below.
Step 5: Now let it bulk ferments for approximately 1 hour, or until double in size. Like this.
Step 6: Flit it out onto a clean counter. Punch and stretch it out by hand, into a large rectangle of about 30x20cm.
Roll it up into a big cylinder.
Step 7: Stretch the tube out again into another rectangle of 40x20cm.
And roll into a big, tight cylinder with length of 20cm.
Step 8: Put it in the greased bread pan, and in my case, a grease Pullman pan, even the dough into every corner of the pan.
Step 9: Preheat your oven to 175 degree Celsius (for freeform loaf pan, and buns), to 200 degree for Pullman pan, and my aluminum pan require 220 degree but maybe it is just me. Let the dough rise in the pan (with plastic covered or lid closed) for about 30 minutes, or until almost double in size again. Mine is perfect when the dough rises to about 2cm from the lid. Like in this pic.
Step 10: wash your bread or buns top with egg yolk. Do not apply this step for Pullman bread.
Step 11: Put the loaf into in oven, arrange the rack to make sure that your loaf distances to the top and the bottom of the oven is equal, mine is on the lowest rack. Bake for 30 minutes. If your loaf top brown too quickly in the oven, get it out and cover the top with aluminum foil, put it back in the oven and continue baking until the sides become golden, too. Mine is baked at 220 degree for 35 minutes.
Step 12: After the loaf or buns are beautifully baked. Get it out of the oven, let it cool down for 10 minutes, then flip it out of the pan, and let it cool down to just warm to touch.
Slice it, toast it, and use it to make your favorite grilled cheese sandwiches, make French toast with a dash of cinnamon, or make bread pudding. Nom nom. The Pullman loaf sliced up real nice, except for the fact that my bread knife is a bit too dull now.
I also used this recipe also to make egg custard filled buns, topped with coconut flakes.
Or sweet buns with pandan custard on top.
Or those monkey bread with nice caramel sauce and roasted nut.
And here is the one loaf I baked in my clay pot.
God, those are the softest, moistest bread I have ever tasted. I have been in love with baking on my clay pot then.
Or just simply spice your daily loaves up by adding dried fruit, or nuts, or vegetables, meat or mayonnaise.
There are hundreds more of uses for this one bread recipe. Explore it yourself and come back to me, OK?
At 10:30PM on Sunday, 06/05/2012, 2 things have been done: Manchester United’s fate for the season, and my reorganized food photo collection.
M.U finally managed to beat Swansea City at 2:0 but as I said, that’s not enough. The slightly tiny little chance that M.U can win this Champion is only when Man. City lose to Queen Park Ranger in its last game. It could properly be possible if Queen Part R. has had great performance in this season, which it does not. So, my poor Bear is mourning for his M.U.
And I have successfully reorganized all my food related photos in the last year into sensible orders of 100 different dishes. 100 DIFFERENT DISHES!! Gladly, I did not count those that I have done twice or three or ten times, nor dishes that I forgot to take pictures, nor those that were failures. 100 dishes! Wow, I could write posts for this blog for more than 3 months, everyday, without even have to take more photos, or looking for new ideas. My God! I cooked and baked that much. Impressive.
Anyway, good night, guys!
Updated: I submitted this to YeastSpotting.