Have you ever tried to make bread? here is the best and easy bread recipe. Have you ever felt the aroma of freshly baked bread? This fragrance triggers a center in your brain and releases dopamine. This hormone makes you feel relaxed, happy, and cozy. At this moment, all you want is to curl up on the couch under a soft blanket. Working and molding the dough gives you a relaxing feeling, not to mention that the homemade bread is more beneficial to your health than the manufactured one (no preservatives added). With the dough, you can create a variety of forms and dishes. Moreover, you will be amazed by the results of your creations. Today, I will show you how easy is to prepare and bake a homemade loaf. I hope you will try at home!
5 cups flour 2 cups of water 1 tablespoon yeast 1 tablespoon sugar ½ cup olive oil 1 tablespoon oregano 1 tablespoon salt
In a large bowl, add 1 ½ cup of warm water, add 1 tablespoon yeast, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Dissolve and add 1 ½ cup of the flour. Wait for 20 minutes or until you see bubbles on the surface. Add 2 ½ cups of flour, ½ tablespoon salt, oregano (not mandatory), and olive oil. Start kneading or mixing with a stand mixer. Add the remaining flour and continue mixing until the dough is smooth. Once the dough has a soft consistency, stop kneading. Grease the top with olive oil and cover. Place in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours (depends on the yeast) and leave it to double in size. Once ready, divide it in half and knead the halved dough for 1 minute. Grease 2 loaf pans 22 x 12 cm or put a parchment paper. Put the dough in the pans and let it double in size again for 1 hour – If you want to make hamburger buns, you may divide the dough into balls 110 g. Grease again the top with olive oil. For more authentic results, you can sprinkle flour on top. Bake at 180°C (360°F) for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove it from the pan and let it cool. If you leave in the pan it will continue cooking.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Store in a dry place with less humidity
You can get food poisoning from any product when surfaces are contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, from mixing meat products with vegetables or using contaminates utensils (cross-contamination). Food can be also contaminated if the one who is handling food does not wash their hands properly. Carriers of Hepatitis A, staphylococcus aureus, or other pathogens also can contaminate food.
wheat (flour)may be contaminated with Aflatoxins- Aflatoxins do pose a serious health risk to humans, such as cancer. Two closely related species of fungi are mainly responsible for producing the aflatoxins of public health significance: Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. Bulgur also can be contaminated with Bacillus cereus spore-forming bacterium.
During growth, harvest, and processing, one of the final products, represented by virgin olive oil, can be contaminated with coliform. Coliform bacteria can be non-pathogenic and opportunistic pathogen. They are isolated from animals, vegetables, and water. Studies show that this type of pathogen can survive in olive oil when it has a low level of phenolic compounds. Olive oil consists of 3 phenolic compounds and their level have to be high to prevent coliform bacteria to form and survive.
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