Saturday, 15 September 2007

Whole Wheat Bread Baking from Basics

I'm back on to my baking spree this weekend...I've come across the Monthly Blog Patrolling Event MBP organised by Coffee of The Spice Cafe...loved the decided to do some bread baking from a recipe of a co-blogger...I never made bread at home..So I wanted to start off with a very simple n basic recipe...

Prepared both rolls and a loaf from the dough...took almost 4hrs :o for the entire process...The baking time was only 15min, but the preparation took so long than I've expected...

I've adopted the recipe from Bakingbites. The Original recipe is here. Made some changes according to my taste preferences.

Here goes the recipe,


Whole wheat flour - 500gm
Yeast (active dry) - 4tsp
Brown Sugar - 1 tbsp
Salt - 2 tsp
Warm water - 2 cups (350ml)
Oil - 1 tbsp
Dried Basil - 2 tsp
Dried red chillie flakes - 1 tsp

I've skipped wheat bran and added dried basil and rec chillie flakes to the original version. I used oil for the manageability of the dough.


1. Divide the wheat flour into two equal portions. Set aside 1 tbsp flour for dusting.
2. Take one portion of the wheat flour in a bowl, add the yeast and warm water and stir well.
3. Cover the bowl and set aside for 1-2hrs until bubbles appear.
4. Now add the other portion of the flour, brown sugar, salt, dried basil and red chillie flakes to the mix and knead into a dough. Use oil and extra flour for manageability.
5. Knead the dough for 8-10min until soft into a ball shape and cover with a plastic wrap.
6. Leave it aside for 1-2hrs until the size doubles.
7. Divide the dough into two equal parts.
7. Make 5 equal sized rolls (flattened) from one portion of the dough and place them on a greased baking sheet.
8. Place the other portion of the dough in a greased loaf tin.
9. Cover both the rolls and loaf dough with a clean dishtowel and leave to rise for 45min.
10. Preheat the oven to 210F and place the baking tray and loaf tin inside the oven.
11. Bake for 15min or until the outer crust turns golden brown.

The outer crust was so crispy and the inner part was so soft. Tasted great with tomato pickle on the slices and the rolls served with Beans soup.
This recipe is my entry to the MBP event hosted by Coffee
Oops..I forgot to post my favourite kitchen smell/odour..the list goes endless, but to name a few I love,
1. Tadka smell with ginger and curry leaves.
2. Home made ground poppy seed/coconut/coriander seeds masala for non-veg curries
3. Flavour of fresh made coffee every morning (Especially Nescafe..mmmmuuuuaaaaaahhhh)


priyah said...

yumm..have never made bread..should make it some the way any idea if you make bread in the microwave...

bee said...

baking bites is my fav baking blog. every recipe on that site is fabulous. your bread looks terific.

Vcuisine said...

Nice looking bread. Viji

Rajitha said...

keerthi..looks great..i love baking bited planning to make something from there myself!!great minds do think alike ;)

Mona said...

Baking bread at home might b fun ! :-) Have never done it till now, but i definltely look forward to it

Padma said...

Seems everyone is baking these days, I have to start it soon....your bread really came out so nice and its healthy too..!

Nags said...

i am looking forward to baking some bread soon :)

i love the flavour of honey sweetened dishes. u shud try something with all that honey in your pantry :)

Cinnamon said...

Keerths... the bread looks just fabulous!! :)