At home we are highly dependent on bread and sandwiches for our breakfast, even the Indian style breakfast food simply become non-existent for us, partially due to the ease of cooking (toasting bread is lot simpler !) in rush hour morning time and it is more adaptive and convenient too.
So in the light of present self realisation we are trying to bring back those healthy Indian style breakfast in our diet whenever possible and the days which are just marked for bread, I started baking my own breakfast loaf .
To begin with I have baked this date and honey loaf, it is simple, nothing complicated flavours, just spread some butter or cream cheese over it and you will fall in love with this.
Honey keeps the bread moist and who doesn’t loves dates in a bread ! With few sprinkles of toasted sesame on top of it, can give a tough competition to your local baker even!
Dont believe me, just bake this moist and delicious loaf and we can then discuss things over a slice of this bread!
Bread flour (strong) : 2 cups
Salt : 1/2 tsp
Active dry yeast : 1 packet
Lukewarm water : 3/4 cup
Oil (sunflower) : 3 tbsp
Honey : 3tbsp
Dates (chopped and pitted) : 1 1/2 cup
Sesame seeds : 2 tbsp
- Step 1
Grease a two pound loaf pan. Sift the flour into a large bowl and stir in salt and yeast. Pour in the water, oil and honey. Mix everything together to form a dough.
- Step 2
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until smooth.
- Step 3
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Step 4
Knead in the dates and sesame seeds. Shape the dough and place in the pan. Cover and leave in a warm place for another 30 minutes or until springy to the touch.
- Step 5
Bake in a preheated oven at 425 F for 30 minutes or until a hollow sound can be heard when the base of the loaf is tapped with knuckles.
- Step 6
Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and let it cool. Serve the thick cut slices with plain butter or with some cheese spread.