Bread & Raised Pastries, Recipes

How I finally became Friends with my Oven or: Selfmade Bread with Greek Yoghurt

March 15, 2015

I’ve been living in a new place since almost two months and one of the most drastic changes this brought along – apart from the fact that I’m living all by myself for the first time – is probably the lack of a proper kitchen. Needless to say, for me as someone who enjoys spending a Sunday afternoon trying out a new recipe, there are better things to go without. However, I somehow got the hang of it and manage to create a pretty decent menu with my three cooking plates by now. The only thing I still didn’t become friends with was my small oven. So far, either the baking paper suddenly started burning or the cookies were still rare by the time they were supposed to be done. I am happy to say that things have changed since yesterday.

I ran out of bread and instead of stopping at the bakery, I changed my mind and decided to try it out myself. I had everything I needed and added a few tablespoons of greek yoghurt to the basic recipe. It turned out great, just on the point and how a bread is supposed to be: crusty from the outside and fluffy, moist from the inside. This recipe is so simple and prepared in less than 15 mins, that I asked myself why I never baked my own bread back in Amsterdam – where good bread is hard to find.

Selfmade Bread with Greek Yoghurt

yields one big or two smaller breads
500g flour (I took white flour, simply because I had nothing else)
1 packet dried yeast or 30g fresh yeast
1tsp salt
200ml warm water
150g greek yoghurt
1. Mix all dry ingredients in a big bowl.
2. In case you use fresh yeast, mix it with the water in a cup.
3. Slowly add water- (mixture) and knead dough first with a mixer, then for about 10 mins by hand until it’s smooth.
4. Cover dough and allow it to rise for about 45 mins at a warm place. Volume should double.
5. Knead dough again and form loaf. Place it onto the baking plate, cut in top side of the loaf and allow it to rise for another 15 mins.
6. Preheat oven to 200°C and bake bread for about 50 mins.
7. Enjoy!

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