Ever since I bought the OTG, I had been dying to bake my own bread. I thought it would be easy peasy, whats the big deal until I started googling out for recipes. Somehow I mustered all the courage and wanted to invest in a baking tin, S was against it. May be because, he would be the victim of my adventure. I backed out. Last week when we were shopping, I went to the cookware and crockery section as usual. My love for them never diminishes. My hands were on the bread tin before I knew it. S, again was against it. He said “A loaf of bread costs only 20-25Rs, I dont want you to get stressed over a simple bread” Yes that made sense. But again during this weekend shopping, I had to find a bread tin, atleast lay my eyes on it. This time S gave in and I got my first ever bread baking tin 😀
I had eyed the Tomato Bread recipe from Suma’s blog and wanted to try it out.. it looked okay, with all the ingredients that I had. the only problem was with that of the yeast. I had normal yeast from regular stores whereas she insisted using Gloripan yeast. More on her blog – she has an awesome collection of information on baking and break making. I decided to use my yeast and try out the recipe. It was not that bad as I had expected it to be. infact its very tasty, fresh, light and full of flavors. A stire bought bread can never come close to this home made bread (though mine was not perfect). I made slight modifications to the original recipe and here it is.
- All purpose flour – 3 cups + 2 tbsp
- Tomato puree thick (warm) – 1.5 cup
- Active Yeast – 2.5 tsp
- Warm water – 2.5 tbspn
- Sugar – 2 tsp + 1.5 tsp
- Salt – 1.5 tsp
- Tomato sauce – 2 tbsp
- Italian spice mix (leftovers from pizza dressing) – 2 tsp
- Chili flakes – 1 tsp
- Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
- Prepare tomato puree – boil tomatoes in water for 10 mins until the peel splits and let it cool partially. Grind them in the mixer to a smooth paste without adding additional water. Make sure the puree is warm.
- Take a mixing bowl and add maida, salt and Italian spices and mix well.
- Prepare the yeast by adding them in a warm water with 1.5tsp of sugar. Let the yeast rest until its frothy. (This is called proofing)
- Pour in the yeast mix with the maida. Also add the remaining sugar, tomato puree and tomato sauce(I used hot and sweet sauce, I liked the flavor)
- Knead the mixture until it comes together, it might be very sticky. At this stage add the olive oil and knead for another 3 minutes.
- Cover the dough with a damp towel or cling film and leave it in a warm place until the dough rises double the size. This may take an hour.
- Remove the cling film and knock off the air from the dough gently.
- Bring it to the shape of a loaf and put it into the greased bread tin. Let it rest for another 20 mins. It will rise again.
- Meanwhile preheat the oven for 15 mins at 190°C.
- Just before putting the tin in oven, brush some milk on the top of the load (milk at room temp)
- Put in the bread tin in the oven and bake for 20 mins at 180°C. Its a must to cover the tin with aluminium foil or a lid to avoid browning or the top going rough.
- Bake for an additional 15 min at 150°C. Let it cool completely before removing from the tin.
- Once cooled, cut into slices and I loved my bread with some garlic mayonnaise. Perfect taste!