As part of our pre-departure activities, I taught myself how to bake bread. YEAST bread. Buttermilk and top quality yeast from jars was how into-it I became. Diann gained weight, as did I. I baked bread every third day and doing so in six cup batches. One of the loaves pushed up over the rim of the pot and browned like a giant muffin!
My baking technique, while land based was to use a large All Clad soup pot (our smaller version is seen previously in Yacht A Fun cooking blogs ) as the final-rise container- coated in butter before the ball of dough was placed into it. Our Gemini sailing catamaran’s oven is too small for that technique. And quite frankly, our boat oven doesn’t heat all that well either.
So, to make bread on our boat I’ve decided to try it “pancake style”.
And it works.
Here’s a photo of the very first slice being cooked. Note how the bread puffs a bit during the cooking. It’s similar to Naan Bread and with curry added, could be on target for that Indian flavor.
Five slices were cooked from one and one half cups of flour. Note that this photo shows just four slices- the first one was tested while the second was on the stove……..LoL
Ingredients for the regular batch ( which should yield 10 slices):
Yeast package ½
Warm Water ¼ cup
( no more than 105 degrees)
Sugar ½ tablespoon
Add the yeast and sugar to the warm water and let sit until the yeast bubbles
from interaction with the sugar. Ten minutes is fine.
Water ½ cup
Butter 1.5 tablespoons
Milk (buttermilk preferred) ½ cup
Honey 1 tablespoon
extra sugar works too
Salt ¼ tablespoon or more
Cider vinegar ¼ teaspoon
Mix the second group of ingredients and have the temperature warm. Cold milk will
slow the rise.
Flour 3 cups
Pour the yeast mixture into the second batch and stir. Add flour ½ cup at a time and mix
well. You may need to add a little extra flour to stiffen the dough. If so, do it one table
spoon full at a time.
On a flour covered work surface, Knead the dough after “flouring your hands” Dust flour
onto the work surface as needed.
Cover the bowl with cloth and place it in a warm shaded place. Once the dough has
doubled in size, tamp it down and let it rise again.
To pan fry the bread, cut chunks from the ball and roll into pan sized circles with a bottle.
Thin slices are cooked on medium low heat for 2 minutes per side.
Thicker slices should be possible. Give it a try…………