Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We need our own bread

Well, don't know about you but I'm not eating store bread from september. Organic is the way to go although it is expensive. Maybe pulling out all the old breadmakers that haven't been used for a while. There are also some good maori bread recipes. Here are 3 I've found - feel free to send me your recipe for maori bread or any bread at all.

From a great

"Floaters (Fried Maori Bread)
5 Cups of standard white flour
5 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Cups of luke warm water
Cooking Oil
An electric frying pan or a deep pot
Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Make a well in the middle and gradually add the water. Stir together with a knife.

When the mixture starts looking like dough tip it onto a floured bench.

Knead the dough just a little until the dough develops a smooth texture. Roll the dough out to a thickness of about 6cm. Cut into slices, much like scones, pricking each one with a fork.

Heat a pot of oil or fat. Olive oil or grape seed oil is fine, and a lot less fattening.

For best results deep fry the bread in very hot oil. Add the cut dough shapes, turning as they brown. N.B. If the oil is not really hot then the floaters will not raise very well.

Great with lots of jam and/or Golden Syrup.

Floaters (Fried Maori Bread) Recipe 2
4 Cups of standard white flour
3 Tablespoons of sugar
2 Tablespoons of yeast
1 Ltr of water
Cooking Oil
An electric frying pan or a deep pot
Add sugar, water and yeast together, then pour into the flour. Mix into a dough then, leave to rise for 20min. Knead and cut into appropriate sizes. Cook in hot oil till golden brown.

Add Golden Syrup on top.

Rewena Paraoa (Maori Bread)
2 Cups plain flour
3 medium slices potato
1 tsp sugar

Boil slices of potato with 1 cup of water until soft. Cool to lukewarm and mix in the flour and sugar to a paste. Cover and stand in a warm place until the mixture has fermented.

5 Cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
Rewena (per above)

Sift flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Fill with Rewena and sprinkle baking soda over the top. Combine and knead mixture for about 10 minutes, adding a little water if the mixture is too firm. Shape into loaves or place the mixture into greased loaf tins. Bake at 450F (230C) for 45-50 minutes."

Some other advantages of making your own bread is that it can be a fun, family thing to do. it stops you watching TV courtcase-porn or listening to radio courtcase-porn and let's be honest - aren't you sick to your stomach of hearing about how a young woman was killed and mutilated, every night?

Bread is also pretty forgiving so it doesn't matter if it doesn't come out like new worlds loafs. Give it a go.

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