I am one of the great fans of sweet bread from my childhood. Never I will get bored of eating bread slices roasted with ghee :) During our stay in Australia, I was missing sweet bread very much and later, got a bread mould for preparing bread at home. But I couldn't use it much and it was sitting idle.
My bread baking adventure was started very recently. The reason is that we won't have a good bakery nearby. If I need bread anytime, I have to wait till we go for groceries! So, just thought of preparing bread at home :) My first experiment was not good, but I got very good results in my later experiments. These days, we started loving home made bread than what we get from the shop!
Preparation time: 35 - 40 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Yield: 1 loaf
All purpose flour / maida - 3 cups
Warm milk - 1 1/2 cup
Active dry yeast - 1 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 7 1/2 tsp (2 1/2 tsp for each cup of maida)
Salt to taste
Melted butter or oil 6 - 7 tsp
Dilute sugar in warm milk. Pour the yeast into the milk and mix it. Keep it closed in a warm place for 10 minutes or till the yeast grows.
Mix salt and all purpose flour in a bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour the yeast mixture. Mix it nicely and knead the dough for at-least 10 to 15 minutes. Keep in mind that kneading the dough well is very much important to give a nice texture to the bread!
Add 5 - 6 tsp of oil or melted butter to the dough and mix it lightly. Keep it closed with a damp cloth for 1 hour. By that time, the dough will get doubled in quantity.
After an hour, take out the dough and knead it lightly to remove the air in the dough. Transfer the dough to a greased bread mould and keep covered with a damp cloth for 30 minutes.
Pre heat the oven to 180°C. Keep the baking pan on lower rack and bake it for 30 minutes. Once done, take the bread pan out and allow to cool. Cut it into slices once it is completely cool.
This bread tastes better the day after preparation and not immediately. Or use it after 4 - 5 hours of preparation.