Partly because it was raining for most of the afternoon (means it's not so hot!), and partly because my bread-making attempt turned out well.
There's just one thing I still can't get - and that's how to get light and fluffy bread. The breads I make all seem to turn out a little dense, even today's. Do I need to add more yeast? Am I not kneading it enough? Am I not proofing it enough? If any of you bread gurus are reading this, please please please offer me a tip or two...
Recipe for a mini loaf:
1-1/4 tsp instant yeast
2 tsp sugar
75ml warm milk
75ml warm water
3/4 tsp butter
3/4 tsp salt
220g bread flour
1 - Combine yeast, sugar, milk and water. Set aside for about 10 min till mixture is frothy.
2 - Add butter and salt.
3 - Add flour gradually and knead till dough is smooth and elastic (about 8 min).
4 - Placed in a greased bowl, cover with damp cloth, and let the dough rise till about double in size (about 1 hour).
5 - Deflate the dough and form into a loaf. Place in a greased loaf pan, cover with damp cloth and let the dough rise till double in size (about 40 min).
6 - Brush the top of the dough with some milk.
7 - Bake at 180*C for 30 min.