Plain buns

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It has been a long time since I baked any type of breads. Eversince we moved from Northcote, bread making stopped as work started. I used to bake a loaf of bread every couple of days. It was so much affordable, fresher and I can add different seeds, flavouring to it. But the thing with baking a good loaf of bread, one must have patience. Something that I am a little lacking these days.

soft bread dough

soft bread dough

These buns were finally baked after the 3rd try. The first try failed and the bread turned out flat. I thought it was due to my lack of patience and chunking it in earlier so it did not rise. I became very suspicious when the dough did not try again the second time. I was in the shower when I realised what happened! Without drying my hair, I ran out like a mad woman and looked at the expiry date of the yeast…. ar yes… suspicion confirmed. Yeast has expired. The last time I baked a loaf of bread was in 2007.

tale of 2 buns

tale of 2 buns

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Recipe taken from All Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 600g of plain flour
  • 7g of instant yeast
  • 2tbsp of white sugar
  • 11/2tsp of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 113g of butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water

Method:

  1. In a small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter until very warm at 50C
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 3/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Mix milk mixture into flour mixture, and then mix in egg. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes
  3. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape into smooth balls, and place on a greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly. Cover, and let rise for 30 to 35 minutes
  4. Bake at 200C for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown
  5. For Hot Dog Buns: Shape each piece into a 6×4 inch rectangle. Starting with the longer side, roll up tightly, and pinch edges and ends to seal. Let rise about 20 to 25 minutes. Bake as above
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This is no secret. These hotdog buns will be for my contribution to the Internation Incident Hotdog party this week :) I can say that the buns turned out ok… I need more practise but the joy of bread baking is making a comeback this year. So watch out for more bread making posts and experimentations in 2011.

Beautiful buns

Beautiful buns