my attempt to make sandwich bread the other day. Your nice words encouraged and motivated me to try baking another one :-) So here it is. My another attempt on making sandwich bread.
This time, I tried not to knead too much because I heard it is not good for the dough to knead too much. And it happens sometimes when you use stand mixer for kneading.
This is how it looked after I kneaded with stand mixer. It still looks not smooth. I am not sure what to do to make it smoother.
After the second rise, I roll the dough out and put it in the pan. It looks much smoother here.
After baking for 30mins.
It looks better than last time, doesn't it?
Over all, I am pretty happy with what came out. It is not perfect but It is definitely better than the last attempt. I still think that the dough is too hard and not smooth. It is does not rise too much when I bake.
I reduced the time of kneading this time but I started to think that maybe it is better to knead it with hand (even though it is a lot more work..) because I made bread last summer (Click here for that post) and I knead it with my hand that time and the dough was smoother and softer. Well, I guess it also depends on weather and temperature and all these environmental issues which I have to take into account also.
I also used bread flour but maybe I will use regular flour next time.
Also, some people told me about Cool rise bread which you rise the dough in your fridge over night or so. I think this is great because you can make the dough, put it in the fridge and bake it in the morning.
Another method I learned is that you can also rise the dough in microwave. This method is super fast and easy. I should definitely try those two methods also.
I still have a lot to learn about bread making and I am willing to try many times until I perfect it :-)
Thank you for all your nice words! My attempt for becoming a better baker will continue....
I also want to make pita bread because I borrowed Middle eastern cook book so it will be great if I can learn how to make pita bread and eat it with falafel or hummus. (Those are also my husband favorite :-)