Dec 1, 2013

The Happy Bread (without stand mixer)

Look at this bread. Isn't this the most cheerful and happy bread you've ever seen? Everything from the color to the shape to the taste and smell is just so perfect. I came across this recipe in Pinterest from a blog called FoodivaKitchen. As always I didn't have a stand mixer and this recipe was not a mix and throw in the oven kind, so I just stared at it from time to time without diving in. Yesterday I was in need of a pick-me-up and I decided this was the only thing that would cut it.

The process took about 5 hours in total with 2 x 40 minute rising breaks. The main recipe is listed in grams since I don't own a kitchen scale, I will include my adaptation in cups and tsp/tbspoon measurements.



The Happy Bread
Adapted from Foodivakitchen.


Ingredients -

Yeast - 1 packet instant yeast (7 gms)
Sugar - 3 tablespoons (changed from original)
Milk - half cup plus half cup
Flour - 4 cups (I replaced one cup with almond flour)
Eggs - 2 (lightly beaten)
Salt - 1.5 teaspoon
Butter - 2 tablespoons
Olive oil - 2 tablespoons


Method -

1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm milk and set aside for ten minutes.

2. Sift the flour and salt together in a bowl.

3. Make a well in the center and add the beaten eggs, half cup of milk, oil and yeast mixture.

4. Mix them together till it forms a soft, reasonably non-sticky dough.

5. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover and let rise for 40 minutes. (an hour if you have the time)

6. Punch the dough, transfer to a floured surface and divide it into two parts. Cut the two halves into equal sized (almost) squares.

7. Roll out the squares like a rectangular roti. Butter the surface of one and place one over the other. Roll the two rotis together into a cylinder. Repeat with other pieces

8. Cut the two edges of the cylinder to form the flowers in the middle and cut the rest of the cylinder to triangles.

9. Preheat the oven to 350F. Arrange the pieces the way you like them in a greased skillet or baking pan and allow to rise for 30-40 minutes. Apply an egg wash on top if you want. (I didn't)

10. Bake for 35 minutes at 350F and 5 minutes in 380F.

The original blogger has a wonderful pictorial to make this easy peasy -

Source - Foodivakitchen


With some butter, hot out of the oven... mmmmmmmm....



Voila. You have bread that will make you smile every time you look at it. Granted, this is not one of the easy, anyone can do it kind of recipe but really, anyone CAN do it. The steps are pretty simple, you just need to patiently follow it step by step. Good luck and I hope you try this too. 


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