An amazingly delicious tender bread, with a hint of orange and currants.
Words cannot convey how happy I was with this bread. This is more than just a bread. It's a winning bread. Not just because it has this amazing taste. Imagine a bread, not too sweet, with a fresh hint of citrus and sweet of the currants. That is this bread. A combination that doesn't really need much when it's time to eat it, but pairs well with a lot of things.
But the amazing flavor is not the main reason I am over the moon with this recipe.
I am totally over the moon that I did not have a heart attack while making these.
I have said countless times I do not have much patience for baking. I usually want things to be ready now/right away. I don't want to wait 20 minutes for something to "double in size" and then to double in size again. And what makes it even worse that I seemed to not be able to find a yeast that works with my
I've been good at making these other bread like things like the roast bake, and sweet bread
I've complained to my mom so many times that "I just can't bake" especially for things that I try that require heavy rising. I've tried a host of different instant yeasts (cause I definitely won't even sit to wait on regular yeast).. and the results are never good. So she sent me "proper" yeast and I delved into having my first attempt at baking using Saf-Instant Dry Baker's Yeast. And I won the battle.
Saf-Instant yeast is actually popularly linked to King Arthur's flour but I somehow don't really see it here in my local grocery store. But I tell you this yeast is a winner.
In 30 minutes time, my dough had "doubled in size". Thirty minutes!! For the first time in a long time, I was able to "punch down" with a smile instead of with real anger and disappointment.
The joy as the bread baked was at the highest level. The house smelt amazing. Fresh bread baking always makes you feel better about your day. What is it about making bread that makes you feel accomplished in life?
The smell of the currants, the hint of orange and the joy at the yeast that for once (or twice and forever) will work with my little patience and make me happy, every time.
So now excuse me as I continue to gloat about my continued winnings and go take a slice of this bread, and toast it and eat it with some butter I got at the farmer's market.
I'm no longer a bread failure!
yield: 2 loaves
Orange Currant Bread
This is a delicious, tender bread that has a slight hint of sweetness with the addition of orange zest and currants.
prep time: 1 hour and 20 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 60 mins
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter
- 4 teaspoon orange rind
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- 1 envelope dry yeast (instant) (11g)
- 5 cups flour
- 1 cup currants
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- In a bowl with lukewarm water, add yeast and mix and leave to stand for at least 10 minutes
- On a low heat scald milk (DO NOT BOIL)
- Stir in granulated sugar, salt, butter, orange rind into milk and incorporate
- In a mixing bowl add flour, and yeast, beating until smooth
- Add milk mixture, and currants and mix till a soft dough (add a little flour at a time if mixture is not smooth)
- Stand in a warm place, covered with a towel, until doubled its size
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Punch down and knead.
- Separate and place into two greased bread pans and leave to rise till doubled its size.
- Place in oven and bake for 40 minutes
- Mix remaining sugar with a little water (a thick syrup) and brush on finished bread.
- Cook and Slice
And take a look at my other bread:
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