Bread baking has been a great challenge for me. Over the years I have baked many types of bread and I have never been satisfied with the end product. It is kind of frustrating when the bread does not turn out the way one anticipates, soft and fluffy on the inside but holds its form on the outside. I have tried the bread making machine thinking that it would do magic and it had never delivered. Maybe because I had my expectations set very high after tasting the home made bread that our friend Frida and Hakan in San Diego used to bake.
When I was asked my new years resolution this year, I quickly said "learn to bake a good loaf of bread". It was not my intention to think of bread on new years eve. My brother-in-law Shaker and I tried to bake the 5 minutes bread for new years and ended up baking a dense and rock like bread which totally disappointed me. To stand up to my resolution after almost 3 months I ventured into baking bread.
The house had the heavenly aroma of an Indian bakery and it was a torture to wait forever to taste a slice of the bread. Verdict time came after a long 2 hours but it was worth all the wait. With one bite I was told that it was the best bread that I had baked and that it was so delicious and moist. I am so delighted with the end result for myself. Here is the recipe for the awesome bread which was adapted from Swami Dhayananda Saraswathi's Arsha Vidya Gurulam's recipe book.
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Loaf Pan ( I used the disposable kind)
All Purpose Flour - 1 1/2 cups
Milk 2 % - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Yeast - 2 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Red Onion - 1/2 finely chopped
Cilantro - a handful finely chopped
For Bread Topping:
Sea Salt - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Freshly Cracked Pepper - 1/2 tsp
4.You will get a very sticky dough. Allow for the dough to rest for 45 minutes covered in a warm place. Allow for the dough to double.After 45 minutes mix the dough well and transfer it into a buttered loaf pan.