I recently realized that I really enjoy baking bread! I find the whole experience very therapeutic and calming. All the kneading and waiting for the dough to rise really lets you sit back and enjoy the process!
Like most people I was also very scared of yeast! My initial trials were always a failure! Something would just go wrong every time! Dough wouldn’t rise or the bread would turn flat!! I decided not to give up so easily… I read up a few helpful articles on bread making and yeast, took a deep breath and took on the task of mastering yeast!
Surprise! It really is not that difficult!! Baking bread is easy and fun After biting into a crusty slice of my first perfect golden loaf of bread, store bought bread never tasted the same! Ever since my fascination of bread began I feel terrible when I reach out to a packet of regular sandwich bread in grocery stores. After thinking about it a lot I have now decided that I am going to make my own bread from now on! I can bake 2 loaves of bread together in my oven and it can last for almost a week for my family. We don’t’ really eat so much bread but for occasional sandwiches and soup or salad accompaniment I can easily bake my own bread!
In India we have a soft corner for breads which are sweet My husband and daughter love the traditional sweet white bread from our local bakeries. Soft, fluffy white bread fresh from your neighboring ‘Iyengar Bakery’ is every family’s favorite in Bangalore, especially paired with a cup of south Indian ‘filter coffee’! I bake my bread with a combination of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour sweetened with some brown sugar.
Today I am baking a beautiful loaf of carrot bread! This loaf is naturally sweet from carrots but I sweetened it further with some more brown sugar. It’s so moist and sweet that It is almost like a carrot cake! Once again very very simple to make, vegan and healthy! It has LOTS of carrots so this is a perfect way to get more vegetables into your diet. My daughter loved it plain as its sweet and rich with carrot flavor!
Don’t be afraid of yeast!! Make bread
Give this recipe a shot and you will know what you have been missing out on all these days!
This also happens to be my first entry for a Blog event! I am sending this Carrot Bread as my entry for Monthly Mingle where the theme is Yeast. Monthly Mingle is brain child of Meeta of ‘What’s For lunch Honey’ and the August edition is hosted by Kulsum of ‘Journey Kitchen’.
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- 2 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
- 2 ½ cups of all purpose flour
- 4 cups of grated carrots
- 1/2 or 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp active dry yeast
Place the active dry yeast in a clean bowl and pour warm water mixed with a spoon full of brown sugar. Let it sit while you get the rest of the ingredients ready.
Peel and grate the carrots.
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and mix well. Now add the carrots and toss everything together. By this time the yeast will be frothy and ready to use. Pour the yeast with the liquid into the carrot flour mixture and mix everything together. Add more water as required to make a soft dough. Knead the dough well and add the olive oil into it. Make sure the dough is still slightly sticky and soft. This will help it rise easily.
Cover with a clean wet cloth and let it sit in a warm place till it doubles in size. Time to rise totally depends on the weather. In Bangalore it’s right now warm and sunny and my dough was doubled in just about an hour in the afternoon sun!
Knead the dough once again. You can oil your hands lightly to prevent sticking. Divide it into two and place them in the bread loaf pans. Cover them once again with a wet cloth and leave for 15 to 20 minutes.
Bake them in a preheated oven at 190C for about an hour (that’s how much time it took for me to bake 2 loaves to bake. When it’s done, the loaf should sound hollow when tapped. Cool on a rack. Wait for it to completely cool before you cut it.