How To Make Bread With A Food Processor
If you love to make you bread at home but hate spending a lot of time in the kitchen then making bread in food processor will make things a lot easier for you. When I said a food processor was a multi-task appliance I actually wasn’t kidding because this is how far it can go, it is not just for the functions that you seem familiar with like chopping, mixing, slicing etc. you can also use it to make really nice and fresh homemade bread on those days when you do not feel like spending your dimes in the bakery or supermarket. Now let us look at some the simplest ways of how to make bread with a food processor.
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- Bread flour, alternatively you can use all-purpose flour since it also can be used to make bread however it does not achieve the same exact results.
- A cup of warm water that you can touch and not get burnt.
- A pack of dry active yeast
- A half table spoon of salt
- 2 table spoons of sugar
- 40 grams of margarine or butter. That is about 3 table spoons
- Cooking spray and
- A cup of cold water.
- Perfectly assemble the food processor and gather all ingredients: to prepare well for the process, check the processor well to ensure that it is completely clean and all parts are perfectly put together. You don’t want to need something and you don’t have there with you or start the machine and it fails because of poor assembly.
- Mix sugar and yeast with warm water: use a liquid measure as it will help you to accurately measure your ingredients, mix in sugar and yeast until it dissolves. Leave it for a few minutes so that it foams up.
- Attach the dough blade: you will need to knead the dough so do expect a slicing blade to be the one to do that for you, so look for where your dough blade is and insert in to the food processor.
- Process, butter, flour and salt: after perfectly measuring all the three items, place them into the food processor and run it. About 10-15 minutes will be enough for them to blend well.
- Add some cold water to the mixture: through the smaller feed tube, pour some co0ld water to the mixture so that flour dissolves and let it process for another 45 seconds. During this time dough will be kneading and once the walls of the working bowl are clear and flour is no longer clinging on but holds together into a ball then you will know that it is ready.
- Get the dough out of the processor: flour the surface where you are going to place your dough but do not put too much of it just lightly flour the surface, this should take about 20 minutes. Alternatively, lightly flour a plastic storage food bag, put the dough in and seal it up.
- Put dough in warm place so that it bulges: for an hour or an hour and half, leave the dough to sit in a warm place until it becomes double of the size it was before.
- Apply cooking spray or vegetable oil to 2 loaf pans: it better to prepare the loaf pans earlier because you will not be needing them at this stage but as we continue you will notice how important this step is.
- Roll dough into rectangle: lightly flour the surface and place dough where you have floured, also mist some flour on the dough and press it down. Divide dough up into two and roll each of them separately with a rolling pin. Try to make the rectangular but do not mind even if it does not come out perfect.
- Make use of the loaf pans you prepared earlier: roll the dough and then place it into the loaf pans, thereafter apply cooking spray to a plastic wrap and cover the pans.
- Leave dough for a few minutes for it to rise: you will need to let the dough rise again but this time not for as long as you did in the previous session. This can be done for about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how much time you have.
- Preheat oven: before placing dough into the oven allow preheating to 400 degree F, it might some 10-15minutes.
- Bake: this takes around 35 to 45 minutes but keep checking to achieve the level of browning you want and to prevent the possibility of your bread getting burnt.
- Allow bread to cool on a rack: wear baking gloves to remove bread from the oven. When your bread is ready it will be too hot for you to serve immediately that is why you are advised to first wait for it to cool.
Tips for baking in the food processor:
- Add a very small amount of sugar to the yeast, sugar begins the fermentation process so it will help you know if your yeast is active.
- Endeavor to check the food processor’s bowl capacity and motor strength, filling up the machine with ingredients that are beyond its capacity will damage it and dough will not be kneaded the way you want it. An alternative if you have small bowl capacity is to process in batches and then add up the dough for it to rise.
- You can add some cold liquid to the mixture as the food processor runs, this is will help to cool down the dough from heat that it gains when it is being processed or while the food processor blends.
- Do not add too much liquid that the flour will not be able to absorb and also pour in liquid very slowly since the processor is running.
- Avoid blending ingredients for too long because the processor blends and kneads dough in a matter of seconds, any second longer will make dough loose and Follow the exact amount of time as given in your recipe.
- Keep checking on the consistency of your dough, if it is too lose you will need to add some more flour and if it is too stiff you will have to add some more liquid.