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A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

I did it !!!

That is made my first edible bread 😀 after uncountable failure attempts finally yesterday with the first day of my baking course I managed it 🙂

At this point of time I am so happy that I can’t explain… he he. There are a few wrinkles on one but that can be improved later infact the other two are more or less wrinkle free

I specially like this one, though the shape is pretty simple this one is almost perfect

And here is the crumb shot

If I look back on what I was doing before and what I did yesterday in the class, I think I have two major learnings to take home

  1. The kneading : I was always kneading the flour no doubt but man never knew had to knead so much. I kneaded it for about 25 minutes yesterday slowly adding water to it all along. Basically the more you knead it and add moisture to it the softer the bread that comes out, a  good test is that take a small piece in your hand and it should be able to stretch to a thin very thin sheet without holes.
  2. Yeast : As I always always always suspected its the yeast, I worked with fresh yeast yesterday the first time in my life and here see my bread 🙂 and they sell fresh yeast too….

PS: I have not been able to reply to any of your comments in the past post, life feels like running on a fast track right now… will do it ASAP

Edited to Add: On popular demand as lots of you have asked me the recipe of this bread… here it is


  • Maida – 500gms
  • Salt – 10 gms (u can go easy here and add about 8 too)
  • Sugar – 20 gms
  • Yeast  15 gm (we used fresh yeast, bread has never worked for me with dry yeast, try at ur own risk)
  • Water – 300 gm
  • Fat – 20 gm (use ghee, olive oil or any other oil.Avoid using butter as it has too much moisture)


  • Mix yeast and sugar in 100 ml of water and keep seperately for about 10 mins
  • Mix salt and flour together and then make a well in the centre.
  • Pour the yeast solution and water in the centre of the well and make a dough out of it.
  • Knead Knead and some more knead, when will one know when the dough is ready the typically the “WindowPane test” aka gluten test or membrane test. Basically when u take a piece in your hand and stretch it should not break. See this video for understanding what I mean.

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The video says he is kneaded it for 10 minutes I think he is God if he has achieved that consistency in 10 minutes, in the last week the two times that I have kneaded the dough about 30 minutes atleast.

  • Add the oil and knead a little more
  • Cover the dough and keep aside for about 45 mins – 1 hour, a good test on when the fermentation is done is that when u slightly depress the dough it should NOT spring back
  • After the dough is done with raising and fermentation, do a knockback on the dough i.e. remove all the air from the fermented dough. Basically tap the dough with your hand a couple of times.
  • Divide the dough into equal parts and Roll the dough inwards keeping it smooth and wrinkle free (this will come only with pratice). U can roll it in any shapes. You tube is full of lovely videos of how to shape, here is one with basic shapes

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and this one explains braiding

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  • Keep it for proving for about 30 minutes in a closed place, a kitchen drawer works perfect
  • Brush with milk/egg and bake at 200 C for about 15 mins or till done

I really can’t believe myself that I am writing this post, there are so many number of times I have screwed up the bread and Mandy had to do a step by step post for me but still it didnt happen

And now finally I have done and it and posting it 🙂

79 comments on “I did it !!!

  1. sraboneyghose
    May 4, 2010


  2. Shilpa
    May 4, 2010

    wow…. tats super cool….. 🙂

  3. Nimmy
    May 4, 2010

    Simply Wow Monika..I have ried many times,but never got a good result..You have prompted me to try again..The texture is too good ,i can see it from the sliced bread..And yes,the baking seems perfect,the colour is just perfect…

    I have read on fresh yeast,but never saw in grocery..

    Again,congrats..I too feel happy because I love to bake bread…

    • monikamanchanda
      May 4, 2010

      hey thanks i know what u mean because I have suffered the same fate so many times

  4. Nimmy
    May 4, 2010

    I don’t feel like going from here..Your bread is really amazing..

  5. Nimmy
    May 4, 2010

    Can you sent me the recipe..please…..

  6. Supmm
    May 4, 2010

    Wow Mon the breads look so yumm…I need to get started on this as my next project now 🙂

  7. Deepti
    May 4, 2010

    very nice..:))..its come out awsum..:)…1 dum bakery ke jaise..:)

  8. Booklover
    May 4, 2010

    Does look very inviting, especially in the morning 🙂

    Also, I noticed that you’ve written a lot of book reviews on your blog, and written it well too. I want to invite you to become part of the Book Reviews blog.

    You can re-post all your reviews (including old ones) there and let booklovers know what you thought of books. Let me know if your interested and I’ll send you an invite to join us as a member of the blog.

    You can write to me at

  9. Phoenixritu
    May 4, 2010

    Looks yummy! There is nothing like a fresh baked roll. Recipe please

  10. Prats
    May 4, 2010

    Mubarakan!! Badhai ho ji….The bread looks yummy

  11. myamusingmind
    May 4, 2010

    wow..looks yumm and beautiful as well 🙂 Where do you get fresh yeast ?

    • monikamanchanda
      May 4, 2010

      yeah thats a big problem I searched like mad before but didnt find it but now icblr sells it

  12. Swaram
    May 4, 2010

    Wowww! I really really want to join this course 😛
    Congrats Monika .. I ws waiting for ur updates since sday 🙂

  13. masood
    May 4, 2010

    yummm. looks good 🙂

  14. starsinmeyes
    May 4, 2010

    Awesome! Can almost smell that freshly baked aroma!

  15. UmaS
    May 4, 2010

    Thats so awesome. Recipe please…Me to want to do it. 🙂

  16. Aathira
    May 4, 2010

    The next thing I am planning on getting myself is a oven.. I love baking and I am unable to do anything in the present microwave that I have, which I use for reheating and cooking pasta 😦

    • monikamanchanda
      May 4, 2010

      yeah the oven is the best… go invest in it

      its an excellent invenstement

  17. Pal
    May 4, 2010

    OMG! That looks SOOOO GOOOD!!!! Absolutely delicious Mon. Oooh, I wanna bite :-(((((

  18. Iya
    May 4, 2010

    good job girl.. this looks yum and i am sure it tasted yum too

  19. Wow oh wow, Mon! They look perfect! Congrats and yaay!

    I’ve always, ALWAYS loved the smell of bread baking in an oven 🙂

  20. Deeps
    May 4, 2010

    Wow! Amazing, Monika!

  21. Shankari
    May 4, 2010

    Wow! Bread looks amazing! It is so gratifying if the end result looks so good 🙂 Happy eating!

  22. Smitha
    May 4, 2010

    Wow, Monika! It has come out so well! Absolutely perfect! I feel like eating it right now! and I feel like baking right now! It

  23. Trish
    May 4, 2010

    wowww woww Mons!Its amazing!Looks perfect and I love the crumb shot!
    BTW,how is fresh yeast different from dried yeast mixture?

  24. monika
    May 4, 2010

    Looks perrfect 🙂 Well done girl!

  25. mystic margarita
    May 4, 2010

    Wow! And double wow!

  26. shilpadesh
    May 4, 2010

    I hereby declare you the desi Martha Stewart! Amazing!

  27. Solilo
    May 5, 2010

    So proud of you, girl! when you told me that you are starting baking classes, I knew that you would excel in it.

    It’s time to start a new blog dedicated to baking goodies. Lesser mortals like moi can drool and get tips.

    • monikamanchanda
      May 6, 2010

      na sols no additional blog I already have way more than I can handle on my plate

  28. Goofy Mumma
    May 5, 2010

    Wow Monu! Superb. Well done girl. I am surely taking lessons from you, when I come…… The bread looks superb, and PROFESSIONAL. I mean it. Well done. You go girl, go!

  29. Smita
    May 5, 2010

    Gosh! This is homemade??? Doesn’t look like!! It has such a professional look to it!!

    Pat ur back dear 🙂 of course from my side 😉

  30. Shruti
    May 5, 2010

    looks totally yummm… when r u calling us over??? 🙂

  31. Pixie
    May 5, 2010

    Where did my previous comment go?

    Anyways, will say it again – the bread looks delicious… 🙂

  32. Munchkin's Mom
    May 6, 2010

    awe-frikkin-some! that looks so good…i want to reach out and take a bite…great going Mom….cant wait to see all the other goodies you’ll be making 🙂

  33. Sakshi
    May 6, 2010

    Homemade bread? sniff…sniff… I want my mommy 😥 she used to bake such awesome ones.

    This is your first time 😯 and it came out so gorgeous? Taaliyaan

  34. Niveditha
    May 7, 2010

    You baked that bread??? OMG! Did you learn it on tv from Rachel Allen’s bake?!
    And wow! you really have some talent! Adopt me as your little big child and feed me to no end! 😛

  35. Pragati
    May 7, 2010

    Good show!!! In these early dayz of matrimony, with the ever increasing desire to do newer cokking for hubby dear… The thot of making bread at home had crossed my mind just yesterday… guess i know to seek help from now :)…
    Lovely it looks…way to go… absolutely tempting… and ya… hope they’ll b all wrinkle free in future… cheers!

  36. Mandar
    May 7, 2010

    Super cool 🙂

  37. how do we know
    May 8, 2010

    Hey Congratulations! This is AWESOME

  38. Reema
    May 8, 2010

    u have joined a baking course!! wow!

  39. Meera
    May 20, 2010

    Hi Monika,
    Yummy Bread. Can you suggest the right kind oven to buy and where to buy it in Bangalore?

  40. mandira
    June 17, 2010

    good job,Mon!! i told you you cud do it.. it just take a couple of tries.. and lots of wasted maida before u can get it right!:)

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  42. Sharmila
    October 10, 2012

    Good work. I tried baking bread, but before the upper part becomes brown color, the lower bread burns. Is there any specific baking utensil we must use for baking the

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