I’m not a big fan of all purpose flour (maida) for it doesn’t impart much nutrition so I always strive to make my recipes healthier. Using lesser oil, avoiding frying, adding as much of vegetables and in this case, using whole wheat flour. This recipe calls for part all purpose flour and part whole wheat flour but one can use entirely whole wheat or all purpose flour. It’s entirely up to you.
This one goes out to my friend Saruchi. Sweetie, I hope it turns out great for you 🙂
- Whole wheat flour, 250 g
- All Purpose flour (Maida), 150 g
- Active Dry Yeast, 1.5 tbsp
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- Sugar, 1 tsp
- Lukewarm Water, 150 ml
Warm up water in a bowl and drain the water out. The water temperature should be between 100F-110 F. DO NOT use hot water as a higher temperatyre will kill the yeast.
Add the yeast to the bowl and pour in water. Now add the sugar and still and keep aside till the yeast get foamy. 20-30 mins is good enough time for the yeast to wake up. This process is known as yeast proofing.
In case the yeast does not foam up, throw is and start again as this step is one of the MAIN steps in bread making. The more the yeast is active (foamy), the better your bread will turn out.
Meanwhile, sift all the dry ingredients and rub in the olive oil. One easy variation is to lightly sauté crushed cloves of garlic and add to the flour.
Knead the dough with the active yeast mixture and cover with a cling film keep aside in a moist, warm place till it doubles in volume. It takes approximately 2 hours.
To test that the dough s risen well, poke with your finger. You will see that the dent in dough remains. Now knock the dough down and knead on a floured surface and form a round loaf.
Cover and set aside for the dough to rise once again (40 mins approx)
Preheat the oven at 220 Celcius and bake for 15 mins. Lower the temperature to 200 Celcius and bake for a remainder of 30 mins or till the bread is done.
To check if the bread is done, tap on the base of the loaf. A hollow sound denotes that the bread is ready.
Brush with some melted butter and let it cook for 10 mins. Enjoy the slice either roasted or with some cream cheese and apricot jam.