More of us are turning to healthier and homemade foods these days. We yearn the taste of things that have more flavor and less salt, sugar and fat in them. One such example is bread. Sure, it’s easy to buy and is often ready-sliced. But, there’s something about homemade bread that is more appealing than the commercial versions!
Today’s simple guide will show you how to make bread dough at home. You can then use that dough in a bread maker or your oven. First of all, let’s look at what you need to make your bread dough:
To make homemade bread dough, you will need the following ingredients:
- 450 grams of plain bread flour;
- One tablespoon of dried yeast;
- Two teaspoons of caster sugar;
- Half a teaspoon of salt (or a salt alternative);
- One cup of warm milk (full fat or skim);
- Half a teaspoon of carrageenan powder;
- Two tablespoons of butter.
The carrageenan gets used as a thickening agent for your bread (see below to learn more about what it is). And you should ideally melt the butter before you use it.
Add the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar into a bowl and mix it all together. Once you’re done, make a hole in the middle and add the milk and butter.
Use a mixing spoon on the ingredients in the bowl until everything gets combined. Compress everything with your hands and then place the mixture onto a floured surface.
Knead the bread dough for eight to ten minutes so that it feels smooth and elastic in texture.
If you have a bread maker, you can put the mixture into it. Otherwise, place into a container and leave for an hour to rise. You can then place it in an oven.
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