Introduction: Fast and Easy Quick Bread
Few weeks ago my access to food was severely restricted. Inspired by character of John Miller (The Flowers of War), I decided to make bread using some flour and other ingredients that I could find. Effects of this experiment were quite satisfactory, so I decided to share this recipe. In taste it was something in between regular bread and cake/muffin.
Recipe basically requires you to mix 7 ingredients in the bowl and then to move dough into oven with the use of spoon and fork. No touching it with your hands and making huge mess is required.
- 1kg of flour type 450 (this is type that I had access to, closest US type is pastry flour, UK soft flour)
- 40g of powdered sugar
- 30g of baking powder
- 10g of baking soda
- 6g of salt
- 900g of milk (3.2% fat content)
- 40g of rapeseed oil
- parchment baking paper
- large bowl
- small plate for holding spoon and fork
- kitchen scale
- oven with a rack
- sink, faucet, washing up liquid and some paper towels / rags for cleaning up after yourself
Step 1: Disclaimer
Ingredients used in this recipe contain gluten, lactose and potentially other substances that may be harmful for a portion of human population. You bake it and eat it at your own risk.
Step 2: Mixing Dry Ingredients
Put bowl on a scale and reset it (press TARE button). Add 6g of salt, reset, add 10g of baking soda, reset, add 30g of baking powder, reset, add 40g of powdered sugar. Now you should mix all powders in the bowl with a spoon. Next, reset scale again and start adding flour, but only some amount, mix everything well, and add rest of the flour, the mix it again. Remember to take spoon out before making measurements.
Step 3: Mixing Wet Ingredients
Reset scale once again, pour 900g of milk, stir it just a little, reset scale, add 40g of rapeseed oil. Now you can place bowl some place else, scale is no longer required. Next, mix everything for for few minutes. If dough is too sticky you can try mixing it with a fork. When fork is covered in sticky dough, clean it with spoon, or vice-versa.
Step 4: Preheating Oven
Set your oven to 190°C, 40 minutes and turn fan on, if possible.
Step 5: Moving Dough on to a Rack
Place rack on a flat surface next to a bowl. Cover top of the rack with baking paper. Now take spoon in one hand, fork in the other. You can use the two utensils to lift some amount of dough up, and then to put it on parchment paper. You may try to make two loafs that way, placing small amount of dough at a time.
Step 6: Baking
Oven should have achieved right temperature at around the same time that you have finished constructing loafs. Put the rack into the oven and wait for 40 minutes. After that, leave loafs in the oven so they may cool down (you may leave oven open if you are in a hurry).
Step 7: Results
After loafs were cool enough to handle I measured their mass. One of them had 882g, another 944g. Bread’s texture was quite soft and it tasted excellent with peanut butter and purple plum powidl.