Honestly, I cannot imagine a world without bread. For me, it is unimaginable.
This is because my growing up was a delight with buttered bread or some spread of mayonnaise and recently, some spread of peanut butter.
Children all over the world are also great lovers and consumers of bread.
Mention the types, it is virtually, the same good story – From cornbread to Brioche, Challah, Italian pencil-thin, dry Breadstick, Baguette, Banana Bread, Pita bread, Rye bread, Whole what bread, Sourdough, White bread, Chocolate bread, Brown bread and Coconut bread to mention a few, children love many of these bread a great deal.
It is, however, pertinent to note that simple white bread is rich in calcium, which of course helps to build and maintain healthy bones and teeth for children, especially.
Bread is equally rich in fibre, protein, iron, vitamins, including thiamin (vitamin B1) and niacin (vitamin B3) which are essential for releasing energy from food.
Other nutrients and minerals include fats, and sugar amongst others.
Bread is however rich in complex carbohydrates and these, of course, provide energy for the body. But, it is not advisable to eat too much bread.
This is owing to the plenty amount of carbs, salt, sugar and sometimes, preservatives that it contains. If you eat too much, you can add unnecessary weight.
It is best eaten in moderation and with a deliberate consciousness of living a healthy life.
There are many types of bread, I will have to give a short explanation of these bread in subsequent articles. But for now, let take a swipe at homemade bread.
Homemade bread is a delight any day. You can prepare the bread while staying at home.
Owing to the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that many of us are on lock-down, sometimes, getting a simple fresh bread becomes a big deal.
Just use the flour you have at home to get a fresh, fluffy, soft and sweet homemade bread for yourself and your family. Let’s go!
Recipe for 3 servings
- 500g All-purpose or bread flour
- 100g granulated sugar
- 50g butter
- 3 teaspoons yeast
- 1 cup of water
- 3 teaspoons powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon flavour
- 1 egg
- A pinch of salt
- Sieve the flour into a bowl and set aside.
- Combine the water and yeast in another large mixing bowl Let the yeast sit for a few minutes, and then, go ahead and stir.
- Add the sugar, salt, the egg and melted butter. Don’t forget to add the flavour.
- Stir to combine and gradually add the flour.
- Continue to mix and gradually add enough flour to form a soft dough.
- Transfer the dough on to a lightly floured surface and knead properly for some minutes, probably between 5 and 9 minutes, until the dough is smooth.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, coat the dough and cover loosely with a clean cloth.
- Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 55 minutes or until doubled.
- Punch the dough down.
- Meanwhile, line a baking sheet pan and set aside.
- Divide and cut the dough into smaller shapes, shape into your desired shape.
- Transfer the dough on to the lined baking sheets and place 2 inches apart from each other.
- Make sure the dough has doubled in size.
- Transfer to a preheated oven of 350 degrees F and bake for 19 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter and serve warm.