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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Brown Bread

          This is a simple homemade style brown bread that is very common in every household. A healthy variation than any store bought one, they can simply be relished with either jam, butter or eggs in any form. 

          Very few ingredients went into making this awesome fresh bread in the convection mode in the microwave at 190 degrees c for 30 minutes. For a healthier version, I have added olive oil instead of butter and raw sugar.

  • 3 cups atta (whole wheat flour)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. instant yeast
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. oats

          In a bowl, mix together 1/2 cup lukewarm water, yeast and sugar. Keep aside for 15 minutes. 

          In a bowl, sift the flour. Add salt, egg yolk, milk, oil and the yeast water. Mix well and knead into a soft, pliable dough with required quantity of lukewarm water. 

          Add 1/2 tsp. oil and continue to knead for another 2 minutes. Cover with a plastic bag and keep aside in a warm place for 2 hours. 

          Punch the swelled up dough for 2-3 minutes and shape it into a log. Transfer to a greased and floured loaf tin. Cover again with a plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.

          Take it out of the refrigerator 2 hours prior to baking. Brush the surface with some milk and sprinkle some oats over it.

          Preheat the microwave oven at 190 degrees in the convection mode. Place the loaf tin on the lower rack and bake for 30 minutes.

          After 20 minutes of baking when the surface of the bread starts to brown, cover lightly with a foil and continue to bake.

          When done, transfer the bread loaf onto a wire rack and let it cool. Slice it and serve as desired.


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