Sunday, September 20, 2009


Ok, so the first attempt in bread-making failed.......*sigh*. No worries, today Hubby said he will do it together with me, as he also wanted to refresh his bread-making skills that he mastered 8 -9 years ago, when he used to work in the hotel industry......hehe, so I have a 'sifu' here to guide me today.

I prepared all the required ingredients and so we start.


330gm high protein flour

30gm caster sugar

½ tsp salt

1½ tsp instant yeast

190ml fresh milk (chilled)

25gm shortening


  1. Combine flour, sugar, salt and yeast together in a mixer. Give it a mix before adding in chilled milk. Beat for 3-5 mins or till dough is formed. Adding in milk gives bread a better flavour and softer texture.

  2. Add in shortening, knead until the dough is smooth and elastic to the touch. Do a stretch test to check if the dough is fully developed by stretching a small piece of dough with your fingers. If the dough can be stretched thinly without tearing, then the dough has been kneaded well. If it tears, then you have to knead again until it passes the next stretch test.

  3. Leave the dough in a big bowl and covered with damp cloth. Leave it in warm place, let it rise till double its size for about 40 minutes. (I left mine for about 2 hours as we went out for breakfast with the kids, did a little household shopping at City Mall, hehe J)
  4. Shape dough into a big ball. Rest for 10 mins before dividing the dough into 3 smaller balls of equal size. Flatten each piece and roll up tightly like a Swiss roll. Tuck in the sides underneath to give it a neater look. Place it in a lightly greased 11cm x 11cm x 22cm loaf tin.
  5. Uncover, let it proof for the last time for about 45 mins or till it reaches more than half of the tin, then cover it. Bake in a preheated oven at 210~C for about 30-35 mins. Tap on the underside, the loaves should sound hollow. Remove it from the loaf tin and let it cool well on the wire rack. (Note: Always allow the bread to cool completely before slicing them)
YES!! My 2nd attempt in making a loaf of white bread has finally succeeded, thanks to Hubby's guidance.......muaks! For those of you who really thinking of making a loaf of white bread by yourself, but doubted that it is not possible.......let me tell you, you can do it.......just remember, don't rush, and practise makes perfect! It's not that hard to make a loaf of white bread by yourself.......all the effort is MUCH worth it!! Till then, Happy baking!!

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