Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

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14.11.12

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Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

Most of you know that I am slightly obsessed with eating healthy. I try my best to cook with whole grains, greens, vegetables and fruits (these days organic as much as possible) every day. I take a lot of pride in cooking and baking with healthier ingredients. Now all this means that my family is slightly starved for store bought munchies, deep fried salt or sugar filled snacks and everything that is made entirely with refined ingredients. One such novelty in our home is white bread!

Ever since I started baking my own bread, since most of the time I make whole wheat or brown bread, we rarely eat plain old white bread made out of refined white flour. While everybody enjoys the bread I make, I know sometimes they really crave for the fluffy, soft, sweet white bread.

I think even if I am making a white bread at home with white flour and refined sugar, It’s still better than buying it as I know what exactly goes into it. So yesterday I baked a loaf of simple white bread!

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

This was specially for my daughter who loves sandwiches made out of white bread, home made peanut butter and home made jams. Now since I can’t just stick to a simple white bread recipe, I decided to jazz it up a little. I powdered some sugar with a bit of cardamom in it and added it to the dough to make it sweet and fragrant. Alaru is a big fan of Ghee or Clarified Butter too. She loves a big dollop of ghee on everything from rice, dosa, bread and sometimes eats a spoonful just by itself. My moms sends me fresh homemade ghee made out of the milk from our own farm. It feels good to know that I know the cows who are responsible for this ghee and it’s made with a lot of love and care. This golden aromatic ghee or clarified butter is a staple at home and it had to go into this special bread to make everything better.

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

This dough itself smelled and tasted so good that I had no doubts that the bread will turn out extraordinary! I wasn’t wrong! This has to be the softest, fluffiest bread coming out of my oven! It’s a bread worth making and sharing with all it’s white flour, white sugar and ghee. Smile on my daughter’s and husband’s face when they bit into a fresh slice of this bread made me content.

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

I have been sharing my bread photos on Facebook and so many people say that they have tried making it according to my brown bread recipe and it doesn’t come out the same. All I can say is that Bread making can be a bit tricky. It’s not as easy as it’s made to sound. Of course once you figure it out, it’s a lot of fun and fulfilling. Be patient and keep trying. Bread baking is a skill worth acquiring.

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

To make it easier for beginners, I am making this a step by step recipe. Sorry for the less than exiting photos here. I am just trying show each step so that  all of you who really want to bake a bread but don’t know where to start can try this.

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

Notes:

Use butter if you don’t have ghee on hand or use olive oil/coconut oil if you are vegan. It will not be same as ghee but it’ll still be good.

Reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup for a bread that’s less sweet.

Increase the amount of cardamom for a stronger flavor.

 

Sweet Cardamom Bread with Ghee/Clarified Butter!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups of water
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar + 2 cardamoms
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee/clarified butter

 

Place 1 tsp active dry yeast in  small bowl. Make sure you have some good quality fresh yeast.

Dissolve 1 tbsp sugar in 1 1/4 cups of warm water. Water should not be too hot or cold, it should just be warm. Pour the water over the yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes

When the yeast looks cloudy or frothy it’s ready to be used.

In a big bowl combine 3 cups of all purpose flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar missed with cardamom and salt. Mix everything well and pour the yeast water into it. Stir together to make a sticky dough.

Now add the ghee to the dough and knead to make a soft (little sticky) dough.

Cover the dough bowl with a wet kitchen cloth and let it sit in a warm place for a hour or till the dough doubles in size. This might take more than an hour to some people depending on the weather.

When the dough doubles in size, punch it with your hand to deflate it and knead it well.

Now place this dough in a greased bread pan. Since mine is non-stick I didn’t grease it. Cover it with a wet cloth once again and leave it for 30 to 40 minutes till it doubles once again.

Preheat the oven at 150 degree celsius. Place the baking pan in the lowermost level because the bread will rise as you bake it. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. WHen the crust looks golden and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped, bread is ready!

Invert the baked bread on to a cooling rack immediately. Let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

Slice the soft bread with a sharp bread knife and enjoy it warm :)

 

 

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3 comments :

  • Peter

    Hello.
    I was wondering if I could make bread with ghee (it is not something that I am familiar with)and I found your blog. I think I will give it a go.

    I normally use 50g of butter in 3lbs of bread flour; how would this relate to ghee?

    By the way, the pictures of your bread are making me hungry – but I have only just eaten my dinner!

  • devi

    hi chinmayie!!! what a gr888 recipe. i made this bread today with some changes.instead of sugar and cardamom i made it plain white paav, yes the same paav tat we use for paav bhaji. i kept all the measurement and process same only dropped the sugar and cardamom and instead of a loaf i shaped it into paav rools…. believe me it looked as if it was straight out of a proffessional mumbai bakery… it was incredible… my family just pounced on it and finished it… thank u chinmayie ur recpies really inspire me to bake wonderful breads

  • Cindy

    Great recipe..I use it every month :)

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