Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Problem with Bread!

I've been living in this country for nearly 20 years now but there's one thing that I've been struggling with constantly. No it is not job
because having a job is many people's issue and many other's dream! The problem simply is: Bread! In the country that Wheat production in year 2020-21 has been 88,437 KT and nearly half of it has been exported, not having good bread is a big problem. Most of commercial breads not only have Sugar added to them but also you find other kind of shit in them, mostly preservatives. The other problem is most of the bread makers use White Flour. So for me who likes to have Whole Wheat Flour, because it's better for your digestion system and is more filling,  finding a bread, which has all of the qualities, is very difficult.
Many ethnic groups make their own breads. People from Indian Sub-Continent, mostly make their own bread but that's awful. They all use White Flour and some use Animal Fat, which is disgusting. Bread in the old country has the same issue but one good bread that I have enjoyed a lot here is Pita made by to bakeries in Calgary: Byblos and Shamsane. But at times you need Toast or Bagel and I haven't been able to find good ones, constantly. 
I personally decided to resolve this issue for myself and I started baking! I started with Banana Bread and now after the 3rd batch it's nothing but perfect!
Two cups of Whole Wheat Flour
Here's the ingredients in case you want to try and since it's been tried, there could be no or little change to it:

1- Whole Wheat Flour: 2 Cups
2- Baking Powder: 1 Teaspoon
3- Baking Soda: 1 Teaspoon
4- Ground Cinnamon: 1 Teaspoon
5- Banana: 3 to 6, depending on how rich you want your bread to become. 
6- Vegetable Oil: 1 Cup (You see that no animal fat, butter, is being used and the result is even better!)
7- Milk: 1 Tablespoon (Regardless of the fat percentage)
8- Brown Sugar: 1 Cup (This is the maximum)


1- Mix items 1 to 4
2- Mash Bananas and set aside
3- Mix items 6 and 8 and try to dissolve the sugar as much as possible. That gives a constant taste to the bread at the end. remember that Banana bread, unlike the breads which are used with lunch or dinner, has to have some sweetness but I keep it to the least amount required. with Sugar, precaution should always be taken into consideration from young ages.
4- Add the Milk and combine and stir very well the two mixtures
5- Set the oven to 180℃ and for 45 minutes
6- Pour the well-mixed batter into a shallow container and slide it in the oven.
7- A simple test to make sure the the bread is done is to stick a toothpick into it and if nothing is stuck to it after being taken it it means the bread is fully baked. 
You can see pieces of banana on the surface of this bread as well as the walnuts I've added
I at times add Walnut pieces to the mix but some people might not like it. This bread is so good that you can have it with Coffee, Tea, by itself, adding Peanut Butter or Jam but be careful! It has lots of energy! So if you're not active, it immediately adds layers to your belly! My next goal is to make Pita Bread at home! 
(Photo, top: This is how much banana I used for my last batch and the result was amazing and It's not only my word. A colleague said the same thing after trying a little piece)

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