Basic home made bread
2 1/2 cups (250 gms.) plain flour
4 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry or 2 tsp. fresh yeast
3 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk water to knead
Warm 1/2 cup water and milk together. Add sugar and yeast. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes. When yeast is fully dissolved and frothy, it is ready to use. Mix salt and flour in a large bowl.
Add 1 tbsp. oil making a well in center. Add yeast mixture to flour. Knead into a very soft dough. Knead for 5-7 minutes, till it is not sticky. Grease a large bowl, place dough in it, cover and keep aside for 1 ½ hours. Apply 1 tbsp. oil, punch dough for 3-4 minutes.
Grease baking sheet or bread tin well. Using remaining oil, shape dough in desire shapes. Keep aside covered, to rest for 1 hour.
Bake in preheated oven at 200C for 10-15 minutes or till golden. Just 1 or 2 minutes prior to removing, brush with a little milk. Allow to cool a bit, before transferring to racks for cooling well. Cut into slices or as desired.
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