Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sausage Tomato And Cheese Bread

I had a wonderful weekend! My neigbour asked me to teach her daughter, Alice who is sixteen, how to make simple and savoury bread. I thought this savoury little bread packed with sausages and tomato and with rich topping would be ideal for her as teenagers normally love pizza like bread.  Alice loves baking too and I thought, why not give private tuition to her.  One to one personal teaching would be fun.

As I have said many times, baking makes me happy and on top of the world ;p nothing gives me more pleasure than baking and teaching someone like Alice would be fun especially now that I have fully retired from a government job. Teaching people how to bake is my first love now .  Last Sunday was the first baking lesson for Alice and I chose this simple to bake pizza like bread for her.  

The first thing she has to learn when attending my baking classes is to know something about personal hygiene .  I am very particular on this issue is because we handle food and especially kneading dough when making bread.  We have to have good hand hygiene.  I made her wash both hands with soap before she starts handling the ingredients :)   She is happy to learn about personal hygiene and how important it is to a person who deals with food all the time.  Food poisoning is not something to take lightly.  We had a great time baking together and I can see she has great potential to become a good baker one day.   Her  mom was happy with her bakes .  And Alice loves these cute little pizza like bread baked in little tart tins .  You can try baking these little pizza like bread in tart tin yourself . They are great for children parties too.  As for myself, I used to bake them for my Piggies whenever they are back for their holidays.  

The soft and fluffy texture plus the savory sausages, tomatoes and the richness of those melted mozzarella cheese is GOODNESS a thousand folds :) 

Sausage Tomato And Cheese Bread - taken from Dailydelicilous

200 g Bread Flour
3 g Instant dried yeast
20 g Sugar
3 g Salt
20 g Unsalted butter (soft)
140 g whole milk
Tomatoes (cut into small dice)
Mayonnaise and Ketchup
Mozzarella cheese, shredded


Put the flour, the sugar and yeast in a bowl, whisk to combine, add and salt whisk again. Pour the milk into the bowl.

Use large spoon (or pastry scraper) to mix everything together, and knead briefly to bring all the ingredients together.

Take the dough out of the bowl and knead, you will see the dough will be elastic after about 2 minutes.

Add the butter and knead by using the heel of your hands to compress and push the dough away from you, then fold it back over itself. Give the dough a little turn and repeat. Put the weight of your body into the motion and get into a rhythm. Keep folding over and compressing the dough. Knead for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny, almost satiny.
Or you can also try stretching part of the dough, if it can stretch into a thin sheet without breaking, you've kneaded enough.

Put the dough into a light buttered bowl. Let the dough rise in a warm place until double in size (can be 1 hour or 1 hour and a half check often depend on the temperature).
Take the dough out of the bowl, deflate by touch it lightly.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Butter 10 small tart pans (9 cm.).
Divide the dough into 10 pieces , rest for 10 minutes.
Roll the dough into circle 12 cm., and place the dough into the tart pans.
Use your finger to press the dough until the dough is up to the rim of the pan (without shrinking back)

Brush the base of the dough with the ketchup, put the sausage on top and sprinkle with cheese.
Place the diced tomatoes, sprinkle again with cheese.
Squeezes the mayonnaise over the bread.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the breads are golden brown.

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