Dienstag, 18. Mai 2010


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This Bread is really a basic white flour bread enriched with egg - adding the eggs to the loaf however gives it a  richer flavour and creamier crumb, as well as a golden finish to the crust. The slices have a great crust and soft in the middle - perfect for sandwiches. This is a bread you can do from the start till the end in the bread machine - or like on this picture do the dough in the machine and then bake seperately in the oven. 

1 egg and 1 egg yolk
water see method
500g (4 1/2 cup) flour
2 tsp  sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp dried yeast

Method using a bread machine:
1. Put the eggs in a measuring cup and add sufficient water to give 300ml (1 1/2 cup)
2. Mix lightly and pour into your bread machine pan. 
3. Sprinkle over the flour covering the water. Add the sugar, salt and butter in seperate corners and make a mold in the middle for the yeast. 
4. Set the machine to basic/normal settings if you want to bake the bread in it as well or use the dough setting if you want to bake it seperately in the oven. For the latter - take it out of the machine when the dough cycle is finished and place in a bread baking pan - let rest for 15 min then brush it with a beaten egg and bake in the oven at 180°C (356°F) for about 25 - 30 minutes depending on your oven - if you think it´s about ready - you can always take it out and if you hear a hollow sound when you tab on it´s bottom it´s ready.

Dienstag, 11. Mai 2010

Norwegian Raisin Buns

for breakfast or to afternoon tea - these soft and tender raisin buns with a touch of cardamome you are garantied going to love. If you can´t get a hold on cardamome essence - you can use grated cardamomes as well
This recepie makes around 30-40 buns . You can easily freeze them as well.

It´s perfect to make the dough in the bread machine or the old fashion way


150g melted butter
7dl (5-6dl) warm milk
1 pack dried yeast
2 tsp cardamome essence
1 kg flour
pinch of salt
2-3 dl raisins

1. Melt the butter and add the milk, cool it down to 37°C (98,6°F)
2a. If using a bread machine add the warm solution to the pan, add the cardamomm essence as well and cover with the dried ingredients (set the raisins aside and add to your dough when the machine peeps) and press the dough only button (takes about 11/2 - 2 hours depending on how long the dough cycle is in your bread machine
2b. If not using a bread machine - mix together the butter-milk solution with the rest of the ingredients and form a dough. Leave to rise in a warm place for up to an hour - till the dough has doubled in size
3. After the dough has risen / or the bread machine dough cycle has finished - you can now form around 40 buns out of the dough. Place on a prepared baking sheet and leave for few minutes before you bake them.
4. Brush your buns with a beaten egg (milk or water) and bake for around 15-20 min at 200°C (392°F)

Recepie first seen on matseld.is