Baking Bread on a cast iron AGA Total Control
There are many benefits of baking your own bread but there is definitely something special about baking bread in the AGA cast iron range. For starters, if you want a healthy, low-calorie bread making your own gives you the ability to control the caloric intake. Most commercial breads are loaded with salt sugar, fats and dairy causing an increase in calories you may not need.
Another benefit of baking bread in the AGA cast iron range is you are in control of the bread’s ingredients. Store-bought brands often contain more than 20 ingredients including additives and preservatives elongating its shelf-life. When making your own breads at home on your AGA, you know what each loaf contains and I bet your ingredients are not derived in a laboratory. Having the ability to add real fiber and beneficial nutrients to each loaf of bread is a true benefit to baking at home. There are many recipes on how to create low-carb breads with healthy substitutions to traditional wheat flour.
Baking homemade bread often presents a cost savings too. Many high-end organic breads from artisan bakeries may cost upwards of $6.00 per loaf. When baking at home on your AGA cast iron range, the average cost of a loaf is $0.70. Knowing each AGA cast iron range oven offers substantial capacity, you may maximize your oven space baking several loaves at once without minimizes quality.
Taste. Probably the biggest benefits of baking your own homemade bread is FLAVOR! When baking or cooking with the AGA cast iron range, the radiant heat of the cast iron helps lock-in moisture and flavor. Few would argue that fresh-baked homemade bread is far tastier than store-bought loaves. Even a plain loaf is delicious, and your creative customization’s will take it over the top. Add your favorite healthy grains and seeds, use a mixture of flours or add dried fruit and spices to create a low-sugar breakfast loaf. Want to add a bit of protein – and flavor? Add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. (Everything tastes better with cheese…) Homemade crackers, rolls, and tortillas are easy variations on loaves that will complement a wide array of dishes and cuisines.
Fresh Bread on the AGA
8 ½ cups bread flour, divided
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons instant yeast
1/3 cup oil
2 cups water
1 cup milk
1 to 2 tablespoons
In a large bowl, combine 7 cups of the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, egg.
Put oil, water and milk in a saucepan and warm on Simmering Plate. Pour over flour mixture. Mix.
Pour remaining bread flour onto counter, making a well in the center and empty dough into well. Knead flour in until dough is no longer sticky.
Place into oiled bowl. Rest on back of AGA for 30 minutes.
Empty onto floured counter and cut into 4 loaves. Place in bread pan with seam side down.
Let rise on Warming Tray until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
Bake in Roasting Oven about 20 minutes. Check after 15 minutes and cover with Cold Shelf if too brown.
Remove from oven, rub with butter and cool on wire rack.