Preparing Agege Bread: A Step-by-Step Guide

Preparing Agege Bread: A Step-by-Step Guide

Preparing Agege Bread: A Step-by-Step Guide

Agege bread is a popular Nigerian bread known for its soft, fluffy, and stretchy texture. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you prepare this delicious bread at home:

Ingredients

  • 550g strong bread flour (or strong plain flour)
  • 70g sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 8.8g active dry yeast
  • 1.25 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 150ml milk
  • 80ml lukewarm water
  • 200g tangzhong (see below for tangzhong recipe)

Tangzhong Recipe

  • 50g bread flour
  • 250ml water

Instructions

  1. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  2. Activate Yeast:
    • In a separate bowl, mix yeast with 1 teaspoon of sugar and 80ml lukewarm water. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes until the yeast foams.
  3. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
    • In another bowl, whisk together milk, tangzhong, and sunflower oil.
    • Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the yeast mixture and milk mixture. Mix until a shaggy dough forms.
  4. Knead the Dough:
    • Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic. This may take around 10-15 minutes.
  5. Proofing:
    • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a wet towel, and let it rise until it doubles in size (about 50 minutes).
  6. Divide and Shape:
    • Punch down the dough and divide it into 5 portions. Knead each portion into a ball and cover with cling film. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
    • Shape each ball into a roll and place it in a greased bread pan. Cover with a wet towel and let it rise until it doubles in size again (about 50 minutes).
  7. Bake:
    • Preheat the oven to 180°C (370°F). Bake for 30 minutes. If desired, brush the top with egg wash for a shiny glaze.
  8. Cool and Serve:
    • Remove the bread from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or toasted.

Tips and Variations

  • Tangzhong: This is a key ingredient that helps improve the texture and structure of the bread. It can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Sugar Content: Adjust the sugar content to your taste. Some users have reported success with reducing the sugar to 100g overall.
  • Yeast: Use a yeast specifically designed for sweet breads, such as SAF gold, if you prefer faster rising times.
  • Baking: If you don’t have a Pullman pan, you can use two loaf pans without lids instead.
  • Freezing: Baked Agege bread can be frozen for up to 2 weeks.

By following these steps and tips, you can create a delicious and authentic Agege bread at home. Enjoy

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