Basic Bread Dough Recipe
So you love to bake your own bread. We all do. I love the aroma in the kitchen while baking. Baking is a stress buster and when I am baking I am just myself. My first few attempts at baking my own bread were unsuccessful because I was completely unaware of the dough kneading process. I kneaded my dough the way I knead them for making chapatis, but that wasn’t enough. I needed the basic bread dough recipe to get better loaves from the oven. Making dough is the most important part of any baking.
How to knead bread dough?
One of the most problematic areas of kneading bread dough is the stickiness of the dough. The art is to deal with the stickiness and knead the dough properly. The more you knead the better it is. A soft dough will help you give the desired shapes to your bread. If the dough is not prepared well, the final product also does not taste/look good.
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How to make bread dough?
Once you master the homemade bread dough kneading process, bread baking becomes so very easy. The joy of eating your own baked chemical and preservatives free bread is incomparable. Follow this stepwise basic bread dough recipe and it will help you get a soft and non-sticky dough. Once you get the dough, follow my recipes to make white sandwich bread.
Over to recipe now.
|All-Purpose Flour||400 gm|
|Instant Yeast||5 gm or 1 tsp|
|Luke Warm Water||200 ml|
|Butter/ Oil||2 tbs|
Activating the Yeast
Take a dry bowl, add yeast, sugar and lukewarm water and stir it well. Cover the mixture and keep it in a dry place for about 15 min or till the yeast gets activated as shown in the pic below.
Making the Dough
Take a fresh bowl of a large size. Add all purpose flour and salt. Add the activated yeast to the flour and mix it well.
Initially, the dough will be sticky. Time to show your muscles. Take a little bit of butter/ Oil on your hands and knead the dough for about 7 to 10 minutes using pull and fold method. The dough will still be a little sticky but will become very soft.
Place the dough into a greased pan and cover it with a cling wrap or Kitchen towel. Keep this pan in some warm place until the dough doubles in Volume.
Once the dough doubles in volume take it out on a lightly dusted surface, dusted with flour, Punch it to release the air and knead it for another 5 minutes. You now need to shape the bread in the desired shape. You can visit my list of recipes to see various shapes of bread you can bake.
Finally shape it in the desired shape, cover it with a clean wrap and keep it for the second rise.