LOAF OF BREAD
Let us forget about the entertainment business, dancing and all that stuff.
Imagine George and Avra Moliviatis they make Halva from Mr.Goudas semolina Flour and they start dancing.. how nice.
Imagine with all the books that I have written in my life and all the recipes that I have created, if everybody creates something out of my recipes then the whole world will become Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Now is the time to get into the serious business and reveal the recipe to create a loaf of bread.
A loaf of bread means almost nothing in these days.
But the word bread meant a lot in the World War II era.
Let me explain why.
To the younger generation the following story will not make any sense.
However, to the older people born a few years before the war or a few years after in occupied Europe, then this story will make a lot of sense.
As many of you know from my biography, I was born in the middle of the second World War in Athens, Greece.
Food in towns like Athens all over Europe was very scarce.
I remember my mother waiting for hours in line to be able to get a slice of bread for every member of the family through the Red Cross and the Marshall plan.
Kids like myself, we know very well about words like curfews, underground bunkers, executions, blackouts, bombings and hunger!
The following story will give the spotlight to one incident that happened to me personally.
In the middle of the night I saw our neighbor crawling on the ground in the dark, trying to reach his garden despite the fact that the Germans were shooting anything that moves and when finally there, he took something out from the ground and started eating.
When he noticed my presence, he explained to me that those were carrots and they had grown after he put the seeds in a hole in the ground.
Since food was very scare and bread was very limited, with an innocent mind I thought that instead of eating my slice of bread I would save it, and then in the middle of the night, in the darkness, cut my slice of bread into small pieces, dig a hole in the ground with my finger, put the pieces of bread in the hole, cover it up with the soil, and with the constant watering someday in the future a big bread tree will grow and we will have a lots of bread to feed everybody.
How do you like the story so far?
I was 2 or 3 years old at that time!
Millions of people can relate to memories like this, and the word bread is closely associated with the war and hunger.
So to me if I see somebody throwing something out in the garbage I do not really mind, but when I see someone throw bread in the garbage I get very upset.
Flour is very inexpensive and bread feeds a lot of people.
Imagine even in the Bible, Christ with just 5 loaves of bread feeds thousands of people.
Similarly my company is a sturdy supporter of many non-profit organizations, senior citizen homes and other activities of various nationalities, including people in need, because I know what hunger is all about.
Needless to say, I was homeless, hungry and sleeping on the streets when I came to Canada.
Obviously there are different breads for different nationalities.
For instance: Italian bread, French, English, Jamaican hard dough bread, Challah bread, Pita bread etc. etc.
The internet, the recipe books and the magazines are full of them.
I am only going to give you one and I created the recipe in such a way that it would be very easy for you, providing you have the desire to follow through.
Remember you do not have to feed the whole world, just feed your satisfaction.
2 envelopes dry yeast,
1 tablespoon Mr. Goudas Pure Cane Sugar,
2 cups lukewarm water,
5 cups Mr. Goudas Bread Flour,
1 teaspoon Mr. Goudas Table Salt,
1 teaspoon Mr. Goudas Vegetable Oil.
Should you prefer your bread a bit crispy,Use Shortening instead of Oil.
One must understand that Shortening is not Butter.
If you use Butter it will cause the bread to burn, and creates an undesirable odour.
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in half a glass of lukewarm water.
Set aside for approximately 10 minutes until the yeast rises.
In large bowl blend the bread flour, salt and 2 cups of lukewarm water for approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
This allows the salt to blend in evenly.
Add the yeast mixture and blend all ingredients for about 5 minutes.
(adding water, if necessary, is a matter of experience.)
Grease a large bowl with oil.
Place the dough in the greased bowl, cover with a towel for one hour, or, until the dough doubles in size.
Knead the dough using your fists like Mohammed Ali and let your frustration out for about 2 minutes so the air disappears, then form the dough into 2 loaves.
Grease and flour sprinkle the baking tray or pan, depending on the shape.
Gently place the formed loaves on the greased surface.
Cover with a towel, and wait patiently until they double in size again Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes on middle shelf until golden brown in colour and crusty.
It is important that you DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR before 20 minutes.
Otherwise, your creation will collapse and then you will blame it on the Mr. Goudas finest Bread Flour in the world.
Congratulations you have just made your first loaf of bread.
Now, you may spread a bit of butter on a slice of bread AND ENJOY!
Before you leave, and just to let you know, there are many, even thousands of different types and styles of bread.
Look below to see some variations of bread.
Spyros Peter Goudas
Please Note: There are thousands of bread recipes from all over the world, however, in this website, we have mentioned bread, in the following recipes.