Homemade Wholemeal Bread
Welcome to my very first post!
What better way to start it by writing about something on baking!
This was a bread I made 2 weeks back, but I saved it just so that I can post it here first.
I was looking for something to bake and somehow I was not in the mood for sugary or cake stuff (definitely rare!). Just happens that our bread container was running out of bread, so I decided to make some for the next morning’s breakfast.
Before I started, I spent some time on checking out videos on Youtube on how to knead bread dough. The last time I made bread was ages ago, and although I did end up with pretty nice buns, I think I need to brush up my skills on kneading bread doughs. Next, I searched around for some simple recipes. I do not have milk powder at home and did not intend to get any since I rarely would use them, so recipes with that will be out.
There are many simple recipes on Youtube too actually, but finally, I came across this simple one and decided on it.
As I did not have bread flour, I upped the amount of wholemeal flour and used plain flour instead. I know the end result would not be as good since protein level of bread flour and plain flour are quite different (check out the differences between various flours here). However, I was not worried. I knew I would end up with some reasonably nice bread anyhow.
I tried to shape the dough into a loaf, but my loaf pan was too big and it only managed to fill up 2/3 of it. As you can also see, my shaping needs a lot more work, it hardly looks like a loaf.
Anyway, the smell of freshly baked bread filling the whole house is one of the nicest smells to have. When the bread was done, I was so excited to take it out that I accidentally had my thumb on the hot tin, for a good 3 seconds before I could feel it. By then, cooling it under a running tap was already too late as a blister had formed. It was only a small one, but ever since an earlier incident last year when I poured a bowl of boiling hot soup over myself and got a second degree burn on my tummy, I had become quite scared of burns.
Nevertheless, cutting through the crisp crust of a freshly baked bread somehow gives me a thrill. I also could not help myself from buttering a slice to eat it. Only thing was, the only butter I had was unsalted ones. Bleh.
This bread is not dry at all, unlike commercial ones, which I am hardly a fan of. I will sure make again.