Bread Loaf with Turmeric & Variations
Bread with Turmeric & Variations
Adding turmeric to the dough is not only healthy, it makes the bread look nice too. It is easy to make, tastes lovely and has a subtle flavour of turmeric. See other variations under notes. Makes one large loaf.
Recipe re-written November 2019
500 gm. strong white flour (or use plain white flour/maida)
1 tsp. salt
350 ml. hand warm water
1 full tsp. or 7 gm. instant yeast
1 level tsp. turmeric powder
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
Measure and place flour, salt, turmeric, oil, yeast in a bowl.
Add water, a little at a time, and make soft dough. The dough needs to be really soft, almost sloppy.
Once formed into a rough ball, take it out on a well floured surface and knead it…stretch and fold, stretch and fold, stretch and fold, until it is soft and pliable.
Cover and leave in a bowl for a few hours, until well risen, bubbly, double in size. Time will vary from a couple of hours to 5-6 hours, depending on your kitchen temperature.
Flour your worktop and hands liberally. Turn the dough out on it.
Flatten it with heel of your palm, stretching it out.
Now fold in from both sides to the centre, overlapping one end over the other.
Turn the whole thing around, rotating it a right angle, so the seam is now horizontal.
Flatten it out again and fold again from both sides, overlapping in the middle.
Lift it out and place seam side down on a baking tray (for free-form bread) or into a bread tin for a bread loaf.
Cover with a towel and leave it to rise, until it gets double in size and feels springy to gentle touch.
Turn the oven on to 210C or 200C Fan oven.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes. Check by tapping on it-it should sound hollow. The colour should be nicely golden brown all over. If necessary, bake it for another 5-10 minutes. I find that in fan oven, 20-22 minutes is usually adequate. Some 'combination' ovens heat only up to 180C. Bread takes about 45-50 minutes to bake in these ovens.
Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Variations: Add any one of the following.
Replace 1/2 cup of white flour with 1/2 cup of wholemeal strong flour or Rye flour or wheat germ. Remember to adjust the water accordingly. The dough should be soft, but manageable.
A handful of mixed seeds
A handful of raisin or other dried, chopped fruits like dates, dry apricots, figs
2 tbsp. fried/caramelised onions
Herb like rosemary, marjoram, coriander, dill, oregano
2-3 tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 to 1 tsp. chilli flakes. These can be added with onion, cheese too.
A handful of chopped olives, dark ones are better
Experiment with other additions/combinations and send me your pictures!