Naan bread is a classic accompaniment to any Indian meal and is a traditional yeast-free bread, similar to pita. Traditionally, Naan bread is baked on a griddle in a stone oven, but you can make it at home as well. This traditional recipe, by Indian vegetarian gourmet Manjula, walks you through how to make six naans in your own kitchen.
You may not realize it, but there are additional benefits, other than having hot bread directly from the oven, lusciously smeared with butter, which makes the time and effort worth all of the work. It is part of history and is a great way to unwind. It forces you to take time from your overworked schedule to knead the dough. It can take exasperation out of your life when you hit the dough down. The additional advantage of a fresh, warm piece of bread is just icing on the proverbial cake. Taking the time to learn how to bake bread may well be the perfect pastime for you!
A baguette sometimes referred to as a French loaf or French stick is a long, crispy crust bread that is closely associated with France. Under French laws, the name baguette can only be used for bread made from four ingredients, which are flour, salt water and yeast. If any other ingredients are added when baking a French baguette, the baker will have to call the loaf by a different name.
Waking up to the aroma of fresh home made bread, baking in the kitchen is one of the most reassuring recollections of childhood. What better way to start the day than hurrying downstairs to taste that fresh baked bread and butter hot out of the oven. These days, an automatic bread maker can bring back those memories every morning.
Bread and butter pudding is one of those traditional British desserts that everybody loves. The pudding is made from slices of stale buttered bread layered in an oven dish with a liberal scattering of raisins. An egg and milk mix, which has been seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon or mixed spices, is then poured over the top with more bread put on top. It is then baked in an oven and served. Many folks may serve it with custard or cream, but usually the pudding underneath the crust is moist enough to be eaten without any sauce.
Bread is a scary thing for the novice baker. All that kneading, rising, rules about yeast is enough to make most of us turn and run the other way. There are very simple rules and techniques to making the perfect loaf of bread. If you still find yourself weary, there are quick and easy to make bread recipes and handy gadgets that can make you look like a professional bread maker.