Thursday, January 27, 2011
I love the smell of freshly baked bread. When I was a young girl in Puerto Rico I used to go to the local Panaderia, a bakery and I used to get coffee with milk and sandwiches and the smell of baking bread reminds me so much about that time.
I had a little trouble baking this the first time around, trouble with the yeast and the bread rising and I burned it just a little bit but in the end my family really liked it and enjoyed the sweet taste. The recipe calls for regular milk and regular sugar but I like changing things up a bit.
1 cup Sweet Vanilla Almond milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup Raw turbinado brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
a small bunch of oats for garnishing
Add ingredients in order, into a mixer or mix by hand.
To make the yeats active: Warm the Almond milk to 100 to 110 degrees and add the sugar and the yeast.
Stir and let sit for about 15 min. to proof (the yeast will foam). If it doesn't foam, your milk probably wasn't warm enough. Then add the foamy yeast mixture to the rest of the ingredients and mix.
This dough is easy to mix by hand so you really don't need the KitchenAid. The dough will be sticky. So after mixing, cover and let it sit in the bowl to rise 1 to 2 hours. You can form into rolls a or bake in a loaf pan. Sprinkle the oats on top of the loaf before baking. If you want a sweeter, richer bread, increase sugar to 1/2 cup and add one extra egg yolk. If makikng one large loaf, bake for 30-35 min. at 375 degrees.
Enjoy a slice or two with some butter yum!!