Who doesn’t like bread? I really love it. And I love baking my own bread. I haven’t bought much bread since I got my bread machine. I bake almost all the bread I eat.
You can make the kind of bread you prefer. You can mix flours. You choose. Your bread is yours!
I will show you how I bake my three-flour bread. You do not need to use mother dough, although the results would be better. You can do something else instead. But first, the ingredients.
1 cup and 1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon powder milk
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup bread flour
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
4 tablespoons “old dough”
2 teaspoons yeast
I make my bread with a bread machine. I put the ingredients in the machine. First the water, then the oil, the sugar, the powder milk and the salt. I mix the three flours in a bowl and then I add it to the machine. As for the salt, what you can do, instead of using regular salt is using some seasoned salt. By doing this you can give your bread a different touch.
As I told you, I will not use mother dough this time. What I do is the following. Every time I make bread, I keep a small piece of dough apart. I take it from the dough once it has risen. I keep it covered in the fridge so that I can add it in my next bread. You can even freeze it. That starts the dough for your bread.
Let’s go on with our bread. Add the piece of old dough to the machine. Then make a little hole in the flour and poor the yeast there.
Now we will select the program to knead the dough and turn the bread machine on. Once the cycle is over, we will let the dough rest in the machine for 60 more minutes. Then we will prepare a tray, grease it a bit and take the dough from the machine to make three loaves. This is important. When we do this, we do not have to knead the dough again, just shaping the loaves without manipulating the dough too much. Then we will let them rest for 30 more minutes. Of course, you can shape your loaves the way you want. You can make small rolls if you want. It is completely up to you.
Now it is the time to bake. We will have the oven preheated to 425ºF. I also put a tray with a bit of water in a lower rack of the oven. This is in order to add some humidity to our bread. In principle, the bread will be in the oven about 25 minutes, but this will change according to the oven you use, so you will have to be careful about this. What I also do is turning over the loaves when these have been in the oven for 15 minutes or so. This will help the loaves to be done evenly.
When the bread is done, I turn off the oven but I leave the loaves in it for a while with the over door open. Now you only have to enjoy your bread. Believe me, once you bake your first bread you will not be able to stop.