I am not ashamed to admit I have recently labeled myself the bread Queen. Ok, so I may not be the bread Queen, I can only make a basic homemade white bread loaf and a good focaccia at the moment. But the bread I do make is seriously good! Over time I have adapted my recipe, adding things and then removing them until I came up with this one.
No One Wants a Dry Loaf
My aim was to make a loaf that wasn’t dry and crumbly and didn’t go completely stale within hours of cutting into it. No one wants a dry loaf of bread after all. I have read a few tips to help keep the moisture in. One of the tips I read which I don’t do was to bake the loaf in the oven with a tray of boiling water beneath it. This fills the oven with steam which should help lock in moisture as the dough bakes. It does work but it isn’t something I do very often unless I think my dough is a bit on the dry side to begin with.
Locking in Moisture
The two ways I have chosen to lock in moisture is with the addition of the vegetable fat and the unrefined brown sugar. The vegetable fat keeps the recipe vegan and adds another level of moisture to the dough. Brown sugar is a great way of keeping the bread moist as it naturally attracts and holds onto any moisture around it. This stops the bread (and cakes if you use it in cakes) from going dry too quickly. Whilst I have said to use coconut sugar in the recipe I have recently been using molasses (the sugar grains not the liquid) and this seems to be working the best. Both work, but molasses is my favourite. However it is very sticky and you may have a couple of small sugar clumps that need removing from the dough as you knead it.
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