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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Spiced Fruit Loaf

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Salwaa’s Spiced Fruit Loaf

A treat when freshly baked and spread with butter, served with my Ingelegde Vis (pickled fish) 

This absolutely delicious Spiced Fruit Loaf not only tastes amazing but the aroma, gently wafting from the oven, makes the whole house smell incredible. Cinnamon and bread filled with tasty dried fruit, baking together.

Who needs air freshener when you can bake this wonderful Spiced Fruit Loaf.

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Spiced Fruit Loaf Served With Pickled Fish

In a large mixing bowl add the following:
3/4 cup lukewarm milk
2 eggs
3 TBSP of soft butter
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1TBSP finely grated orange peel
1 TBSP finely grated lemon peel
1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup raisins
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 packet yeast

Spiced Fruit Loaf

Method:

Mix together to form a dough.

Knead for about 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise until double in size.

When it is risen knock down lightly and decide into 10 equal balls.

Grease a large loaf tin with butter.

Put the balls of dough into the baking tin and leave to rise again for about 30 minutes.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C for about 20 – 25 minutes.

For the glaze
Boil together juice of one orange and 3 TBSP of honey / golden syrup until sticky. Brush over warm loaf as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Enjoy!

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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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Romany Creams

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Salwaa’s Romany Creams

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Romany Creams

Romany Creams, one of South Africans favourite tea time treats. A crunchy chocolate flavoured biscuit sandwich together with good quality chocolate. Traditionally it’s made round but I’ve made them into squares as well! It’s a hit with kids as well. Instead of sandwiching together with chocolate, finish with a colourful smartie on top. Use a drop of chocolate to paste the smartie in place.  

Smartie Romany Creams

 

Ingredients:
2 extra-large eggs
¾ cup cooking oil
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
3 cups desiccated coconut
3 – 4 cups self-raising flour
125g soft butter
Cooking chocolate to complete

Method:
Cream the butter, sugar in a large bowl until light and creamy.
Add the eggs. Mix well.
Add the coco powder and stir to combine.
Gradually add the self-raising flour & coconut.
Mix by hand to make fairly stiff dough.
Roll out dough to 2-3mm thick on a lightly floured surface.
Using a fork, scrape lines over the dough to create a slightly rough texture.
Cut out round shapes with a biscuit cutter.
Transfer onto baking sheets.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for approx 8-10minutes.
Allow to the biscuits to cool on a wire rack.
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler.
Sandwich two biscuits together using the melted chocolate.
Leave to set. Yields approximately 40 complete biscuits

 

Cook’s Tip:
Place a piece of greaseproof paper or plastic wrap over the dough before rolling. This will prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.

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