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Happiness is… the smell of freshly baked Bread!

Here’s what you will need to make a soft Wheat bread at home:

Wheat Flour – 3 cups

Butter – 2 cubes

Milk – 1 cup

Sugar – 15 grams

Dry yeast – 6 grams

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Step 1: Activating the Yeast

Add 2 cubes of melted butter, 1 cup of warm milk, 15 grams or approximately 1 tablespoon of sugar and 6 grams or 1/2 tablespoon of dry yeast into a bowl. Mix it well for the yeast to activate. There is no need to rest the mixture. Too much waiting at this stage can make the dough too sour. You can move on to step 2 immediately.

Step 2: Preparing the Dough

Add 3 cups of Wheat flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoons of oil. Add the activated yeast mixture. Additionally you can add 1/4 cup of water to make the dough. Dough making is a very crucial step. Keep kneading the dough for about 15 min, until the dough becomes glutenous. You must be able to stretch the dough into a thin layer. This is important for the dough to have enough room for the gas released while the dough is rising.

Step 3: Resting

Add some oil to the bowl before placing the dough back. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap or a wet towel. Make sure you choose a big enough bowl that can hold double the size of the dough. Set aside for 2 hours after which the dough would have doubled in size.

Step 3: Proofing

After 2 hours, knead the dough again into a cylindrical shape. It should be such that it fits into your baking pan. Grease the pan with some butter or oil. Place the dough now into the baking pan. Cover it with a wet towel or cling wrap and rest for 30 minutes. The dough should rise an inch above the pan.

Step 4: Baking

Brush some milk on the dough. This gives a good brown color. Place the baking pan in a pre-heated oven on a low rack. Bake at 180 degree Celsius for 40 minutes.

Enjoy the aroma of the baking bread spread around your kitchen and home 🙂

Allow the bread to cool and then cut them into slices.

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Oats Cake

Here’s a healthy version of cake. No maida, no sugar and no guilt!!

Dry ingredients:

  • Quick Oats – 3 cups
  • Cocoa Powder – 1 cup
  • Baking Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon

I used Quick Oats. Rolled Oats would work as well. The cinnamon powder is optional. Mix the above dry ingredients evenly.

Wet Ingredients:

  • Melted butter (unsalted) – 2 cubes
  • Honey – 1/2 cup or as sweet as you prefer
  • Egg – 1 (whisked)
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 1/4 teaspoon

Mix the above wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and combine to form a homogenous mixture.

Smear the cake pan with butter. Dust with Oats powder. Another easier way to avoid preparing oats powder is to just save some dry ingredient that we just prepared and sprinkle the same onto the cake pan. Remove the excess.

Transfer the mixed batter into a cake pan. Tap it a few times. Place it on low rack.

Pre heat microwave at 180 degree Centigrade. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown or until it is completely cooked. Insert a toothpick and it should come out clear without any batter sticking to it.

Make sure to cool it on the rack for about 15 minutes before serving.