Modern household appliances have invaded kitchens all over the world. The same type of gadgets can easily be found in any kitchen, be it in the east, west…wherever. Globalization.
Let me, however state that I am not at all dependent on household modern gadgets (I do not have a microwave!!! How strange is that?!), nonetheless, there is a modern appliance that is a must in my kitchen: my bread making machine…
I come from a family of bakers, so I am quite demanding about the quality and the taste of my bread and doughs. Although Portugal has good quality bread, I get comfort in the fact that I can treat my family and friends with homemade bread and loaves, after all there is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread, is there?
The first impression you get about bread makers is that they will degrade tradition and produce basically the same bread all over the world. Tradition seems lost. I don’t agree! I am proud to say I have given bread making machine recipes a twist by adding ingredients and techniques that will bring back the best in bread. Bread makers allow you to make different types of bread and doughs you can put into your home ovens. It is possible to make bread of all shapes and sizes: Portuguese homestyle bread. Tradition is therefore fostered and regained.
One of the recipes that really appeals to me (and those around me!) is my version of “sweet bread”.
Sweet bread is a “sliceable” breakfast or coffee bread that is both easy to make…and easy to eat….it is effortless, yet heartwarming….
Here is the recipe….
1 pound of all-purpose flour (farinha tipo 65 – 450g)
1 cup of water (200 ml de água)
2 eggs (2 ovos)
4 tbsp of castor sugar (4 colheres de sopa de açúcar)
2 tbsps of olive oil (2 colheres de sopa de azeite)
Pinch of salt (pitada de sal)
1 teaspoon of Yeast (colher de chá de fermento)
Start by simply placing all the ingredients in the bread machine in the order in which they appear in the recipe. Set the machine Brioche mode. If the mixture is too flaky and dry, add one or two tbsp of water, if it seems to creamy, add one or two tbsp of flour. Once the machine starts mixing, you should get a soft ball of dough…
…You may want to add 2 or 3 table spoons of coconut to the dough, or a tea spoon of vanilla extract….to add an extra personal touch…
Then, just let the machine do all the work…and get ready to have a heartwarming loaf of sweet bread….