Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Homemade "Subway" Bread



I am a huge Subway fan but since we sold the car and moved in to the parents basement there is no longer a Subway within walking distance. The only way to feed my addiction was to try to make it on my own. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet I found the basics of a Subway bun recipe that I modified to work for me.



Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon dry active yeast
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 1/2 cup warm water
As much cheese or herbs as you want (below I have done a take on Italian Herb and Cheese)

Directions:

For my version I swapped out some of the Italian herbs for:

2 fists of roasted garlic
1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano
1/2 cup cheddar cheese- for on top of the buns.

I've never baked anything before so this was a learning experience. I used my trusty stand mixer so it was a fairly clean process.

I started by roasting the garlic with a little olive oil (Having the oven warm helps if you need a warm spot to have your bread rise).

In the stand mixer throw in the flour, butter, salt and herbs.

In a separate bowl add the warm water, sugar/honey then add the yeast. Mix this a little bit. The yeast munches on the sugar making gas that foams up in the bowl. After 10min it should double.
Add the yeast to the other ingredients and mix on a low setting. You may have to add a little more water until it forms a dough ball.

Take your dough ball out and knead it on the counter. After it looks consistent put it in a mixing bowl and cover with a cloth. Put it into the warm oven to let rise. This could take about an hour.

Once it doubles in size, punch it down and let it rise again. Pull the dough ball out and separate into smaller balls. Originally I made three Subway sized buns, this time I made six smaller almost hot dog style buns. Roll the balls into little logs and put on a baking sheet. I cut slices into the top to make them look professional and legit. I also wiped them with a little egg wash and covered them in cheese. Let them double in size again.

Take them out of the oven and pre-heat it to 425 degrees. I put a muffin tin in the bottom with some water in it to keep things steamy.

Bake for 20-25 mins or until they are a nice brown color on top. Put them on a wire rack to cool then make your favourite sandwich.

Yummy!


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