Wednesday, August 14, 2013
We don't have any bread-Bread
I like good bread for my breakfast. Sure, some toast will do, but I really prefer nice, fluffy bread, or a good crusty loaf. Especially on the weekends, when I'm more eager to have a relaxed, full breakfast. So, we often buy bread in the morning from our favorite bakery, or we make sure to do so in advance.
However, we don't always feel like it. And I don't always remember to start a dough on the night before, either. On such occasions, it's good to know that you can actually make bread in just an hour, or even a little less than that. Real bread, not just scones, or something made with baking powder.
This bread makes soft, fluffy buns - perfect to serve with butter and a slice of cheese, and perhaps a little bit of homemade jam.
Quick Morning Bread
20 small buns
50 g fresh yeast
50 g butter
500 ml water
1/2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
8-900 g flour (I used a mix of regular white flour and spelt flour)
Crumble the yeast into a bowl. Melt the butter, and add the water. Heat until the mixture is about 37°C - definitely not warmer than 40°C, or the yeast will die. Pour this onto the yeast and stir until it's dissolved. Add the salt, sugar and flour, and work into a soft dough. It should be un-sticky enough to roll immediately, so add as much flour as you need to accomplish that.
Now, divide into 20 equal parts, and roll into small buns. Place on a baking sheet and cover with a tea towel for about 20 minutes.
At this point, you can certainly brush them with something - butter, milk, water - and sprinkle with seeds, but I left them completely plain and that's good also. Bake at 250°C for seven minutes, and let cool slightly before slicing.