Though I kept this post (recipe and pics) ready before my holidays, I didnt have the write up and by no means I wanna miss sharing the experience of baking this wonderful bread with you!
I used to bake bread regularly 2-3 years ago, then somehow that phase faded out gradually. For the past one year or so, I had this persistent “itch” to bake a bread. I googled every now and then and bookmarked recipes. But none of those recipes called out to me.
A few days before my India trip, when I was neck deep in some packing / organising stuff, somehow “the bread baking itch” overtook me and I found myself sitting in front of my computer googling again! May be the timing was right, I landed straight on this recipe, stopped all the other work and went ahead with this. When I first read this recipe, I was doubtful whether I read it correctly. Most recipes had some unusual ingredients or techniques, but this one was pretty straight n simple. I kept my fingers crossed hoping for this recipe to work out, because if it did, it'd be simply great! Also, I was doing this experimentation when I was really pressed for time and I really didnt want my time and effort to be wasted!
I did each step of the recipe with extra precaution and with child like excitement and when I saw the end product I couldnt help myself but do a victory dance ;) Apart from the great joy of baking a bread at home from scratch, it also brought back many good memories. Bread,butter and jam was a staple tea time snack during my childhood days. If I close my eyes, I can still see the whole picture.. the dining table in my parents place with fine bread crumbs, greasiness of Amul butter and stickiness from the sweet Fruitoman's jam, all over the place.
Family sitting around, slicing the bread making a butter and jam sandwich and talking, giggling, sometimes raising voices in frustration with mouthful of the bread, sharing the day's highlights! The whole place would be messy at the end of it but somehow nobody bothered about it!
To say I love this recipe is an understatement! It gave me a soft bread with a beautiful crust and brought back so many beautiful memories. Please excuse me if I tend to overuse the word “love” here, I cant help it ;) I LOVED the texture of this bread! In fact I was pretty pleased with myself and decided to treat myself with “n” number of slices of bread smothered with butter as a reward ;) The taste, feel and smell of freshly baked bread is something that you should experience to know it!
If you are into baking, I'd strongly recommend you to try this.