Happy Easter Everyone, Question. What is better than sliced bread….Answer. Fresh Bread from a Bread Machine because it makes prepping for Easter treats easy as XYZ. This is how to make dough for Tsoureki with a bread machine.
I am the type of cook that doesn’t adhere to exact measurements of a recipe,a recipe to me is a recommendation of amounts. I use my eyes, taste buds and nose to guide me through the cooking process, my senses tell me when the meal is ready and if further tweaking is required. I use my judgement of how much of this and how much of that to pour, blend, chop, and knead dependent on the receivers taste. And so when I started using a bread machine the hardest thing was to relinquish my monitory control.
I am now doing the exact opposite. Everything must be the exact measurement and placed in the correct order or the bread blows up in the machine and it takes a bit of elbow power to clean it, guess how I learnt that factoid.
Pour the precise measurements of ingredients into the bread maker and leave it to consistently hum out the perfect loaf, dough or cake while you enjoy a break.
Why not do a Twain’s Tom Sawyer on your kids and get them to knead the bread, see how much fun it is to punch the bread, similar to pottery or play doh, get the kids to plait the bread or shape it they way they like, before final rise and bake.
INGREDIENTS- Bread Machine version
Place the following ingredients into the bread machine in the exact order. The menu on my machine is sixteen, choose the setting on your machine that makes basic dough. Once done, shape it, allow it to rise and then bake.
2 tsp dry yeast
450g bread flour
1/4 tsp salt or sea salt
50g butter chopped up
few drops stevia concentrate or two tablespoons raw honey or one half cup caster sugar. If you want a sweeter bread use the caster sugar. I am not used to eating food that is too sweet so I use the stevia or honey.
1 tsp ground all spice
1 tsp grated lemon rind
2 beaten eggs (medium)
1/2 cup milk
1. Assist the bread to knead by lifting the lid and with a spatula stir the wet and dry ingredients together.
2 Tip the dough on to a lightly floured surface, once the machine beeped signalling complete.
3. Knead the dough further if required. May need to add 1/2 cup or less flour if consistency is runny. TIP flour hands to make kneading dough easier, reduces the flour sticking to your fingers.
4. Tear dough into three equal portions. Roll each portion into a rope 30cm long, make a loose plait, press ends together and roll under loaf.
5. Place on a greased tray with a cloth on top and leave to prove. (prove is allowing the bread to rise) Once double in size the bread is ready for baking, approx. 1 to 2 hours depending on the heat in the room.
6 Glaze with a well beaten egg. Sprinkle sesame seed on top.
7. Place in a moderate oven for 30mins. The bread is ready when tapped and it sounds hollow. Place on a wire try to cool.
Serve with butter and honey or eat it plain.
This is the first time I have ever baked this bread, I hadn’t even witnessed it been made and it turned out perfect. That is how simple it was to make with my new bread machine. Enjoy
Traditional Procedure found in Tess Mallos Greek Cookbook.