Agege bread is very popular in Nigeria, it’s a Nigerian style of sandwich bread. You can eat Agege bread with groundnut, sardines, beans, tea, stew, fried or boiled egg, soup, or just by itself?
Now, you don’t need to wait for bread sellers or go to the bakery yourself. Get into the kitchen and prepare yourself the famous Agege bread.
4 1/2-5 Cups Bread Flour/All- purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
2 1/4 Teaspoons Active Yeast (1 packet)
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
1 1/2 Cup Whole milk
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Large Egg
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Proof yeast: In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, sprinkle a little sugar over it, and set aside for about 5 minutes or until it foams.
If you’re using instant yeast you don’t need to proof the yeast, just add it to the flour directly.
Sift flour in a large bowl, add sugar, salt, and vitamin c, and mix.
In a small bowl, melt butter beat egg into it, add milk and whisk together.
Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients; mix flour, yeast, and egg mixture to make a soft dough.
You can use a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer for the process.
Sprinkle more flour if you need to because the humidity in your kitchen will determine if you need to add more or less.
Start adding flour from 4.5 cups of flour then add more as you continue.
If you’re using a mixer after you’ve with dough mixing, transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead until the dough smoothes and elastic.
Or just mix until dough is stretchy and elastic; that’s the key to making bread.
As a matter of fact, if you don’t use egg and milk and knead the dough very well you would get a very good end result.
Grease a bowl and place the dough in it. Cover and put in a warm place to rise until it doubled. About 1- 1.5 hours.
Grease the baking pan and set it aside. Bring the dough out.
Deflate the dough and place on a floured surface knead the dough for about 5 minutes.
Cut into two and form each dough into a loaf shape and place in the greased baking pan.
Brush melted butter on the dough and cover with a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm place to rise the second time for about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees for about 10 – 15 minutes. Place the dough into the oven and bake for about 25 -30 minutes.
Bring the bread out and brush melted butter and keep warm.
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