Saturday, 15 October 2011

What's in it - Bread

Have you ever wondered what is really in the food we eat? I have always been a fussy eater. At least that is what my family tell me.

Ready to Bake

So today I am making bread. It's quite simple really,  yeast, sugar, malthouse flour, salt, time and a little olive oil, and away you go, knead and bash the mixture for a while. I even bought easy bake yeast, which apparently means I only have to knead and allow the bread to rise once thereby cutting the time element considerably. Other brands of yeast require that you knead and allow to rise twice.

The picture above is my bread mixture after leaving to rise for 30 minutes. It is supposed to be a cottage loaf but as you can see the top part is over large and has collapsed slightly. Still it is only for eating. Erm ... I forgot to heat the oven so I need to leave the mix and turn on the oven to 180 (fan). To keep it warm I will leave it on baking paper and put in into a plastic food bag, tie the top and leave it in the airing cupboard. The mixture will keep warm and moist and probably rise further.

Heat oven to 180

I need to say at this point, I just realised I forgot to put in sugar. I understand that the yeast needs sugar to help it rise. I am not going to waste this mix so I'll continue and bake it when the oven is ready and let you know what it tastes like.

Anyway back to the point, I was feeling quite good thinking that by baking my own bread I will be eating a healthy diet. So you can imagine my suprise to find that even the "Easy Bake Yeast" contains chemical additives. Can I actually buy anything food related that does not contain additives or other chemicals, I wonder?

Apart from yeast, the pack of Easy Bake Yeast contains: Sorbitan Monosterateand Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Now I am wondering what exactly I am baking. Here I am thinking I can achieve a healthy diet? I am a little concerned abut this and need to explore further.

I got side tracked. I forgot about he bread in the oven.

Well originally forgot to turn the oven on, then remembered I forgot to put sugar in the mix , and now forgot to take it of the oven.

Actually after all that, here it is.

No longer a cottage loaf but tastes good while it is still warm

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