It is very important to test the yeast in the making of bread
What could be a major error at home, in the making of bread is not the test the yeast. Too many junior bread makers make this mistake and upon failure, gave up making wonderful fresh breads at home…
An active yeast will give you wonderful big breads, make no mistake here. You need a live yeast to active the bread to be. Here in this photo, the yeast has been activated, no doubt here, seeing the overflowing of it all over the kitchen top!
It is a simple process and it does not take long to do.
Take 2 cups of lukewarm tap water. Mix in 3 tablespoons of white plain sugar in the water, until the sugar is all dissolved. The sugar will cause the yeast to be activated. Then, add 2 tablespoons of dry yeast, any kind will do. Mix in with a spoon and put aside until you see some reaction taking place in the water. Any bubbling, any movement, anything. If the water stays the same, the yeast goes to the bottom of the water, etc… it means that your yeast is dead… Discard and restart again. If again, no reaction, well, bad news, your yeast is dead, very dead.
My bread done yesterday, the ones I did between two renovations construction of my ancestral house project. Baked at 375F, 35 minutes or so, bottom shelf of my oven. My bread pans are from Shenyang, China. Perfect rectangle bread pan.
A dead yeast will not give you any edible bread.
Yesterday, I made this wonderful plain white bread, using a plain basic white bread recipe. Once the yeast has been tested and it looks alive, drop the active yeast in a mixing bowl, add 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons of butter and mix together on medium speed. Add to the mix, about 5 cups of plain white flour or just enough to form an elastic dough. The amount of flour here will depend on the weather, the kind you are using or the size of the egg used (more liquid, less liquid, etc…). When the dough is elastic, stop the mixing. Drop the dough in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a wet dishtowel or a plastic wrap and let it raised into double size.
Yesterday, the weather was perfect to make bread so I did it. Usually, when it is the new moon of the month, the breads making is just perfect, do not ask me why but over the years, it is a fact for me.
With this plain recipe, I usually add about 1/4 cup of anything else to give the bread a certain flavor, just because I like to add flavor to the bread. Like in this one, I added 1/4 cup of chopped green onions tops that have been growing in my garden right now ( I am so proud of my garden, my first one since 1997…).
Homemade club sandwich made out of this bread
This particular bread made is giving me a wonderful toasted coat, in the toaster. Some time, some bread will toast better than others. This one is the perfect one.
The bread this morning, toasted, served in one of my Mexican dish (typical blue dessert plate) and plain butter. Enjoy my friend, life is beautiful.