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The Joy of Baking-My Journey

I would like to narrate my experience of bread baking. 
I have been learning to bake buns and breads for quite sometime. I just want to walk you through virtually the journey of bread baking.
It is like the paternal feeling during pregnancy and delivery. Though a man does not literally experience the pleasure and the pain of carrying the baby in the womb and delivering but still goes through the whole experience same is the case of baking, dough to bread.  A gist of comparison. 
I prepare the environment for the yeast to develop. Add water to yeast and let it work the magic. The water added should neither be hot(will kill the yeast) and cold(no room for yeast to multiply). But just right. I am happy that yeast(when the water foams)develops, wow the yeast solution is foaming up. I compare this to - The dearest wife has conceived. Then adding it to the dry ingredients and forming a dough, it does not produce bread or buns immediately. I have to wait for 2 hrs like the trimesters, it is dim…

Oat Whole Wheat Bread

I followed Chitra mami's recipe from her app askchitvish. Yeast-2tsp Rolled old fashioned oats-1/2 cup Whole wheat flour-1 1/4 cup All purpose flour-1 1/4 cup salt -1 tsp sugar -1 tbsp brown sugar - 2 tbsp Olive oil-2 tbsp
First cook the oats with water-1 cup. let it cool.  I used active dry yeast,  whenever i use yeast I let it develop and then add to the ingredients. Add lukewarm water to the yeast along with 1 tbsp of sugar and a pinch of salt. Hot water will kill the yeast. Cold water does not help yeast grow. Mix well and set aside till it forms a frothy mix. It takes about 5-10 mts. Then add all the other ingredients and knead to a soft dough. Cover and  let sit for 2 hrs. The dough should have doubled in size. Punch it down. no need to knead. Then grease with oil and dust with flour the bread tin, leave the dough in it and cover, let sit for another hr or so till it raises again. This is very important. Let it takes it own time to raise. Once raised bake it in a preheated oven at 37…