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KFB Foodie Talk! How to make Basic milkbread from scratch

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our newbies, the KFB foodie talk column – handled by Dobby of Dobbysignature – is basically for ladies and
‘guys’ that are interested in learning how to cook better ;).

 Bread is
one of the most common staple foods on the Nigerian meal table. The fresh aroma
of bread baking in the oven is something i always look forward to during the
weekends.

Apart from hot homemade bread being simply irresistible, bread
baking is also a way to bond with the family as everyone usually has a part to
play in the whole process. It’s also really easy to make and sometimes requires
very few ingredients but that depends on how rich you want to make it . Today, I’d be showing you how to make the tasty milk bread.

Generally, commercial
breads are made with just flour, water, sugar and yeast but homemade bread like
the milk bread recipe below is made with extra ingredients such as milk,
butter/margarine and eggs to make it richer. If you don’t have an oven to bake
this in, use my pot baking method HERE.

Milkbread recipe from scratch

• Prep time : 2 hours

• Cook time: 45mins

• Makes      :
1 loaf

• Misc      
  :  Serve Hot or cold 

Ingredients:::

For
the starter:::

• 1/3 Cup
All purpose Flour

• 1/2 Cup
Milk

For
the Bread flour:::

• 4 Cups
all purpose flour

• 1/2 cup
Sugar

• 2 tbsp.
Yeast

• 1
tsp.Salt

• 2 eggs +
1 Extra to use as egg wash

• 1/2 cup
Milk (you can mix powdered milk with water)

• 4 tbsp.
Butter/Margarine

Directions:::

Making the starter

Step 1: In a medium sized saucepan, dissolve 1/3 Cup of Flour with
1/2 Cup of Milk. Heat up on low heat while stirring continuously till it
thickens. Set this aside. This is one of the secrets to making very soft
bread. 

 

Making the bread dough
Step 2: In a dry medium sized bowl, Add the Flour, Salt, Sugar and
Yeast. Mix to combine

Step 3: Crack the eggs open in a small bowl and whisk. Combine the
whisked eggs with the milk and mix.

 

 

Step 4: Add the Butter or margarine into the flour mixture and work
into it with your hands till it gets crumbly. Gently pour in the milk and egg
mixture and the starter in Step1 above and work into it by kneading on a
smooth flat surface to form a non sticky dough. If the dough feels sticky, add
some more flour till it’s no longer sticky. 

 

 

Step 5: Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a cloth. Leave to
stand for about 1 hour. By the time you remove the covering, the dough would
have doubled in size. Punch into the dough and Knead Once more. 

 

 

Step 6: Pluck a large chunk of the dough, roll into a ball and
flatten it out on a surface. Fold the round flattened dough into two by joining
the two edges together then roll up into a ball once more. Repeat this for the
rest of the batch

 

 

Step 7: Grease the baking pan with butter or margarine and place the
dough into the pan as shown below. Cover once more and leave to rise for
another 30 minutes. For a round loaf of bread shape, use a round pan. For a
rectangular bread shape, use a rectangular loaf pan.

 

Step 8: Once the covering is
removed, it’d have doubled in size once more. Whisk the extra egg and brush
over the top of the risen bread dough. This gives it a glossy shine.

Step 9: Bake in the oven at 350° for about 45 minutes. The top of
the bread would be browned once it’s ready as shown. Turn out to cool on a wire
rack. Do not leave it in the baking pan as it has the tendency to sweat after a
while and that would make the bread soggy. 

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