Back to bread making


Homemade bread

It is not easy to get back to a normal routine after a long hiatus. I have not been much active in anything of late. All efforts have been made to organize for my move to a new city at the end of the year. And more importantly, we (hubby and I) have tried to organize a few things here and there for our new life.

Last weekend I finally got some quiet time at home for some house cleaning (unavoidable!) and bread making session. I was patient this time and sketched the session over two days. And the bread was really amazing with golden crust and soft interior. And there was nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread filling our little nest… Not to mention that bread tasted sooo good straight out of the oven!!!

I know I still have a little update to give you all on my wedding. I just seem not in the mood for it yet. But hey, I´m back! 😉

Homemade bread

Schizzotto (a golden milk bread from PaduaItaly)

From the amazing book “In Nona´s Kitchen”

Yield three loaves. This bread makes excellent toast!

Sponge

1+1/2 tsp active dry yeast

¾ cup milk, warm

1 cup plain flour (I used Wallaby bread flour, an Australian brand)



Dough

½ tsp dry yeast

2 cup and some more warm milk

Sponge

1/3 cup olive oil

6 + ¼ cup plain flour

4 tsp salt

Coarse semolina, as needed

Method

Prepare the sponge by combining everything together. Set aside for 30-40 mins until doubled in volume.

Add sponge and oil to the yeast + milk + oil mixture, mix well. Add flour, and knead until the dough is smooth but slightly sticky. Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled (2 hours @ room temperature. I put my dough to rise overnight in the fridge).



Divide the dough into 3 pieces. Shape into a rectangular (gently please so you won´t loose all the air bubbles). Cover with kitchen towels and let rise until half-doubled, another 30-40 mins.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 220C. Put the baking stone in the oven for at least 30 mins before baking to heat up.

Using a sharp knife, cutting five slashes vertically and five slashes horizontally on top of the bread. Bake for 30-35 mins or until cooked (when tapping the bottom produces the hollow sound, it means the bread is ready).

Homemade bread

21 Responses to Back to bread making

  1. Kalyn says:

    Gorgeous. I loved seeing the wedding photos on Facebook!

  2. Patricia Scarpin says:

    What a wonderful loaf of bread, Ahn! And the photos are breathtaking as well, my dear!

  3. Piggy says:

    that’s the kind of bread I like, I’d love to have with with some ham or salami. :-)

  4. sunita says:

    That is such a gorgeous looking bread…welcome back :-)

  5. Callipygia says:

    This bread is absolutely radiant in its full glory! Happy nesting and it is good to see you back.

  6. ChichaJo says:

    The bread looks fantastic and I’m sure the smell and taste were the same :) Enjoy your little nesting time…no rush with the posts! Go take that bread and just burrow into your nest for as long as you need :)

  7. Anh says:

    Kalyn, thanks!

  8. Johanna says:

    bread making is a wonderful way to start married life together – I bet your home smelt fantastic! Nice to hear you are back and all went well

  9. Gattina says:

    oh I remember this bread! The book should hire you as photographer Ann!

  10. mikky says:

    what a beautiful bread you have there… i envy the smell that must have filled your kitchen… best wishes and congratulations to your wedding… enjoy the honeymoon… cheers!!! :)

  11. Andrea says:

    Congratulations on the wedding and the move and everything! Sounds like it’s been a period of major transition. The bread looks fabulous, the photos are beautiful, you have a great blog!

  12. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Your bread looks delicious, kind of sourdoughish. Congratulations on your wedding! I can’t wait to see pictures!

  13. Kevin says:

    What an amazing golden brown crust that bread has.

  14. Kym says:

    Is it possible to make one’s own

  15. Jin Hooi says:

    welcome back !!!what a lovely bread!! can’t wait for ur wedding pics 😉

  16. Cynthia says:

    Congrats on your marriage and we are indeed glad to have you back!

  17. Jude says:

    Looks great… I like the scoring pattern on your bread :)

  18. Manggy says:

    Yay! You are back and cookin’ food too! 😉 The bread looks beautiful– I don’t think I’ve seen you bake bread before. You should really do it more often, it looks like you have a gift! (I don’t!!!)

  19. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Welcome back, Ahn! I love the first photo so much. It’s so warm and homey.

  20. eliza says:

    what a great bread, welcome back!

  21. Sophie says:

    What an amazing & tasty looking bread! Yummie!

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