Sunday, May 15, 2011
When I started this enterprise with real seriousness, a year ago, I was still working as an lecturer in Computer Graphics and Basic Animation. It seems like a hundred years ago... or a thousand. In that time, if you've been following, you will know that I studied in a baking course, finished the course and have left my work at the college. Finally, I believe I am ready to make the change to this new career I have chosen. I can proclaim with some amount of pride, really, that I have become a baker!! It's really quite exciting... and not a little nerve-wracking. But also lots of fun.
For instance, I have spent the last few weeks collecting and buying baking equipment, comparing prices and contacting suppliers. This Friday it all starts.. I will be trying to sell my bread (challahs, sweet potato and rosemary loaves, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and dill) at a local farmer's market. So today, after buying all the materials and ingredients, I spent my time baking the loaves in various shapes and weights to be able to decide what exactly I will sell. The next few posts will therefore be the breads I am preparing for the market. This first one, in loaf form and as a round, is the sweet potato and rosemary bread.
It was absolutely delicious... now let's hope it sells.
Here's What You'll Need: (for 3 loaves)
for the starter
200g AP flour
200ml warm water
5g dry yeast
for the dough
1 1/2 cup (250ml) warm water
1 Tbs. dry yeast
about 800g AP flour (to make a full kilo or 1000g - 200g from the starter)
1 1/5 Tbs. salt
1/4 cup (60ml) good quality olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes cut in cubes and roasted in olive oil
1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary
all of the starter
Here's What You'll Need to Do:
1. Mix the starter, then let it sit at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap for up to 3 hours. To intensify the wheaty flavor, you can place it in the refrigerator overnight. If you do, remove it an hour before you need it tomorrow so it comes back to room temperature.
2. Cut the sweet potatoes into largish cubes, coat with some oil, add some chopped rosemary then roast until soft, about 20 minutes. Afterwards, when it cools, mash them along with the rosemary.
3. Mix all the other ingredients together in a mixer to make a smooth fairly stiff dough. Knead the dough for 10 minutes on medium speed.
4. Finally, add the sweet potato-rosemary mixture and continue kneading until the dough is colored slightly orange. The dough will now be slightly sticky and the sweet potato will not be completely incorporated but will still appear in small pieces here and there.
5. Place in a slightly oiled bowl, turn to coat, then cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise until doubled. This will take about 2 hours.
6. Divide the dough into thirds, shape each into a loaf, then place each 'loaf' into an oiled loaf pan (4X9X2 in) or (10X23X5 cm). If you like, you can shape the dough into a round loaf, like I did.
7. Let the dough rest and rise again, this time until it rises about 2-3cm about the lip of the pan. This will take about an hour.
8. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). If baking a round loaf, place a baking stone on the floor of the oven. About 5 minutes before baking spray water into the oven.
9. Place the round loaf on the baking stone (if on a tray then place it with the tray directly on the stone).
10. Bake the round loaf for about 30 minutes and the loaves in the pans for about 20 minutes. Yum!!!
Posted by breadmanTalking at 6:12 PM