How To Make Homemade Bread

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Salwaa’s Homemade Bread Video Tutorial

Here I share with you my homemade bread recipe. Traditionally homemade bread was made every Sunday in most households for a light supper in the evening. I serve my bread with corned beef, polony, cheese or left over Sunday roast.

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Ingredients:
4 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsps yeast
3 tbsp oil
1½ – 2 cups lukewarm water

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Camembert Tear and Share

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Camembert Tear & Share Rolls

Soft garlic and herb enriched rolls, topped with olive oil, served with a whole Camembert. Tear pieces of rolls, dip in the melted cheese and enjoy.

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Ingredients:

4 cups bread flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1 packet instant yeast

1 ½ cups lukewarm water

50g butter

1 Camembert

1 large garlic clove

2 green chillies

Few sprigs rosemary

Olive oil

Method:

Combine the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and mix until a dough forms. Knead on a clean flour-dusted surface for 10 minutes, or until smooth and springy. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and prove in a warm place for 2 hours.

Grease an oven proof dish or baking tray with the butter. Cut the rind of the top of the Camembert. Peel and finely chop the garlic and chillies. Poke a few holes in the cheese, stuff a little of the garlic and chillies with a sprig of rosemary. Place the cheese in the centre of the tray.

Divide the dough into small balls, arrange the dough balls around the cheese, leaving a bit of a space between in ball. Scatter the remainder of the garlic, chillies and rosemary over the rolls. Brush lightly with olive oil. Cover loosely with plastic and leave for to rise again for about an hour.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for about 25 minutes or until the rolls are brown and the Camembert has fully melted. Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter over the rolls. Serve immediately.

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Homemade Bread

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Homemade Baked Bread

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Fancy making your own bread? Baking homemade bread needn’t be difficult, here’s my easy recipe for a delicious crusty loaf of bread. My recipe makes 2 medium size loaves.

Ingredients:

4 cups bread flour

1 sachet instant yeast (7g)

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 ½  – 1 ¾ cups lukewarm water

Oil for greasing

1 Tbsp melted butter

Method:

In a large bowl add the flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Stir to mix, make a little well in the centre, add the water. Start with one and half cups first. If the dough is too dry add the remaining quarter cup water little bit at a time. You may not need all the water. A wet dough is better than a dry one which will result in a tough bread texture.

Knead well for 10 – 15 minutes. The dough should be smooth and shouldn’t stick to your hands after kneading.

Grease a bowl with little oil. One to two teaspoons oil should be enough. You just want to prevent the dough from sticking to the bowl. Place dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place. Depending on the weather it can take between 1½ to 2 hours.

Punch down. Place in prepared loaf tins, (grease the tins well with oil) and leave to rise until double in volume.

Bake at 190°C for 35-40 minutes.

Turn out and cool on wire rack. To check if the bread is baked through, tap bottom of the loaf, it should sound hollow. Brush melted butter over the loaf whilst still warm.

This bread was made from my basic bread recipe. Shaped in a fluted mould pan, dusted with dry flour before baking. Served with butter and homemade fig jam. Learn how to make my fig jam here.

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Dusted with flour before baking

Common bread faults and causes

Lack of volume, heavy and closed texture.

  • Dough is too tight due to insufficient liquid.
  • Too much salt added.
  • Not enough yeast.
  • Dough over fermented, causing the gas pockets to break down.
  • Low gluten content due to incorrect flour used
  • Insufficient kneading or proving

 

Dough collapsing when placed into the oven

  • Over proving

 

Lack of crust colour

  • Dough over fermented
  • Lack of salt
  • Oven too cool

 

Uneven texture with holes and crust breaks away

  • Oven too hot
  • Insufficient proving
  • Dough left uncovered during proving and surface dried out

 

Bread is doughy in the middle

Taken out of the oven too early, not enough baking time.

 

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Raisin Buns

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Raisin Buns – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights​ – Salwaa Smith

Freshly Bakes Raisin Buns
Freshly Bakes Raisin Buns

This time of the year brings back fond memories of many years ago. My late mom (may Allah/God grant her nur/light in her kubr/grave, ameen) used to make these buns to gift to our neighbours. She would knead and bake up to 5kg at a time. Imagine all those buns and all the people who enjoyed it. Here I’m sharing her recipe to make 24 buns but if your feel adventurous and generous make extra to share with your neighbours 😉

Makes 24
1 kg cake flour, extra for dusting
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
100 g soft butter
2 packets instant yeast (7 g packets)
2 Tbsp sugar
3 tsp mixed spice
2 tsp cinnamon powder
4 tsp ground aniseed
250g raisins or dried mixed fruit
2 – 3 cups warm water & milk mixture (half & half)

Raisin Buns - Before Baking
  Raisin Buns – Before Baking

 

Raisin Buns Before Baking
Raisin Buns Before Baking

 

Freshly Baked Spread With Lots Of Butter
Freshly Baked Spread With Lots Of Butter

Glaze:
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tsp boiling hot water

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour and salt, rub in the butter. Stir in the yeast, sugar, spices and raisins. Mix in the water/milk to form a dough. Start with 2 cups first, gradually add the rest as needed. Certain flour needs a little more or less liquid so feel free to adjust. Mix until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or so until the dough is soft and smooth.

Return the dough to the mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm spot until double is size, about 2 hours.

Gently knock the dough down for the air to escape. Divide the dough into 24 pieces and shape into buns.

Place on a floured baking sheet cover with plastic and leave in a warm place to rise until double in size.
Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius.

To make the glaze, mix together the sugar and hot water until sugar has dissolved. Brush over the baked buns immediately after taking from the oven.

Suggestion:

Instead of making buns divide the dough into two, bake in loaf tins for raisin bread / loaves. Brush with glaze after baking.

 

Raisin Loaf
Raisin Loaf

 

Raisin Loaf
Raisin Loaf

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Cape Malay Cooking’s Raisin Buns / Bread

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Raisin Buns / Loaf
Raisin Buns / Loaf

 

Ingredients:

To make 12 buns. The ingredients can easily be doubled to make 24 buns or 12 buns and a loaf.
450g cake flour (about 3 1/2 cups)
½ teaspoon salt
50g butter
1 packet instant yeast
50g sugar
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground aniseed
125g raisins
250 – 300ml lukewarm water & milk mixture (half & half)

Glaze:
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon boiling hot water

 

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Method:
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour and salt.  

Rub in the butter.

Stir in the yeast, sugar spices and raisins.

Stir in the lukewarm water to form a sticky soft dough.

Knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and doesn’t stick to the work top.

Cover the bowl with Clingfilm and leave to rise until double in size in a warm area.

Knock the dough down.

Divide into 12 pieces and shape into buns.

Place on a floured baking sheet cover with plastic and leave in a warm place to rise until double in size.

Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 200C.

To make the glaze, mix together the sugar and hot water until sugar has dissolved.

Brush over the baked buns immediately once removed and leave to cool on a cooling tray.
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Raisin buns