Braided & Stuffed Bread – Bread recipe

Braided & Stuffed Bread

Ingredients:

For the Bread:

  • Whole Wheat Flour ~ 1 cup
  • All-Purpose Flour ~ 1¼ cup
  • Potato, boiled & mashed ~ ¼ cup
  • Active dry yeast ~ 1 packet(2¼ tsps.)
  • Water, warm ~ 1 cup (start off with ¾ cup, and if needed add more)
  • Sugar ~ 1 tsp.
  • Salt ~ 11/2 tsp.
  • Olive oil ~ 2 Tbsp.
  • Butter, melted & cooled ~ 2 Tbsp.

For Garlic Butter spread:

  • Butter, melted & cooled ~ 2 Tbsp.
  • Garlic, minced ~ 2 Tbsp.
  • Salt ~ a pinch

Steps:

  • In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water. Once the sugar has been evenly distributed throughout the water, stir in the yeast with a whisk. Let it now sit for about 5 to 10 minutes undisturbed. Once the yeast begins to form a creamy foam on the surface of the water, continue with the rest of the steps.
  • Now mix in the flours, salt, sugar, potato and melted butter to the yeast mixture and knead till it comes together. Turn this onto a well floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes.
  • Place this in a oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover it with a damp kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place until double in volume (about an hour).
  • Punch dough down, cover and let it rise until double in volume again (about 30 minutes).
  • Divide the dough into 2 parts, roll each one into a oblong shape (18″ long x 6″ wide).
  • Brush the inside of each roll with the garlic butter spread.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 deg. F
  • Place the stuffing (refer here for that recipe) in the center, leaving about an inch and a half on either side.
  • Cut the edges into strips (1″ wide) originating from the middle.
  • Starting from one end, bring each strip to the center and let one overlap on the other.
  • Brush the braided dough with olive oil and place in the preheated oven, and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean(approximately about 45 minutes). Make sure the base is well baked as well.

Notes:

  • I found the water to be too much for the dough, so I cut it down from the original recipe. But, based on the flours used, you might need less or more, so start with the minimum and adjust accordingly.

Recipe Adapted From DishesFromMyKitchen

Eggless Banana Bread

Recipe Adapted from Food

Eggless Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour ~ 3/4 cup
  • Whole wheat flour ~ 3/4 cup
  • Baking soda ~ 1 tsp.
  • Salt ~ 1 tsp.
  • Brown sugar ~ 1/2 cup
  • Bananas, ripe ~ 3 (If using frozen ones, let it defrost over counter top until mushy)
  • Oil ~ 1/2 cup
  • Butter, melted ~ 2 Tbsp.
  • Vanilla extract ~ 1 tsp.
  • Walnuts, chopped ~ 1/2 cup
  • Orange zest ~ 1 Tbsp. (optional)

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients – flours, soda, salt and brown sugar – in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, mash the bananas well, and add the wet ingredients – oil, melted butter and vanilla extract and mix.
  • Now, add the wet ingredients to the dry one and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix, as this will lead to a dense end product.
  • Fold in the walnuts and the orange zest(if using).
  • In a greased loaf pan, pour in the batter and top it with some granulated sugar.
  • Bake for about 50 minutes or so, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Garlic Buns

Recipe Source RaksKitchen

Garlic Buns

Ingredients:

For the bun:

  • Warm water (110 degrees F) ~ ½ cup
  • Sugar ~ 1 tablespoon
  • Active dry yeast ~2¼ teaspoons
  • All-purpose flour ~ 1½ cups
  • Salt ~ ¾ teaspoon
  • Oil ~ 1 tablespoon

For the garlic spread:

  • garlic, chopped finely ~ 3 flakes
  • butter ~ 2 tablespoons
  • cilantro, chopped finely ~ 1 tablespoon

Steps:

  • In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water. Once the sugar has been evenly distributed throughout the water, stir in the yeast with a whisk. Let it now sit for about 5 to 10 minutes undisturbed. Once the yeast begins to form a creamy foam on the surface of the water, continue with the rest of the steps.
  • Mix salt and oil into the yeast.
  • Mix in the flour and knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth.
  • Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide into 6 portions. Arrange this(with enough gaps) in a baking sheet, and let it rise for about an 30 to 45 mins, until double in size.
  • Make a slit on top and fill in the garlic spread.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake for about 25 mins. until golden brown.

Notes:

  • If there is no foam in the bowl, the yeast is dead. Please start over with a new packet of yeast.

White Bread

Recipe Source AllRecipes

White Bread

Ingredients:

  • Warm water (110°F) ~1 cup
  • Sugar ~ 1 tablespoon
  • Active dry yeast ~ 2¼ teaspoons
  • Salt ~ ¾ teaspoon
  • Oil ~ 2 tablespoons
  • All-purpose flour ~ 3 cups

Steps:

  • In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water. Once the sugar has been evenly distributed throughout the water, stir in the yeast with a whisk. Let it now sit for about 5 to 10 minutes undisturbed. Once the yeast begins to form a creamy foam on the surface of the water, continue with the rest of the steps.
  • Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, shape into a loaf, and place into a well oiled loaf pan. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until it has risen 1 inch above the pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

Notes:

  • If there is no foam in the bowl, the yeast is dead. Please start over with a new packet of yeast.
  • I reduced the sugar stated in the original recipe since I found it to be too sweet.

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