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Bread
Chinese bread is usually sweet in nature, often with fruit and other things in it. Finding a good bread is difficult, although we recommend Garden Brand 'Sandwich Bread' for those with access to large city supermarkets. Otherwise you'll have to make it yourself with whatever is available.

Bread is pretty simple to make, but follow the instructions carefully. Chinese kitchens do not normally have an oven, so you will either need to buy a small version from any electrical outlet, or use a pressure cooker or rice cooker to do the job. Bread machines are not known in China, so you may wish to import one from home. Another way is to use the wok + lid.

The ingredients can also be a tad tricky to find in China, as most flour sold is rice flour, although general baking flour is available (Which we believe is wheat). Yeast is also difficult to find - so the answer lies in buying what you need direct from a bakery. They should offer you barley flour in bulk and a carton of dried yeast. More quantity than you need for a single loaf, but it does keep and is the right stuff!

Simple Bread Recipe

This is the easiest one-loaf yeast bread you will ever bake. The Super Easy Bread for Beginners recipe produces a soft crust and a moist centre using the most basic ingredients that can be found in most kitchens.

Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Source:
Image: Elizabeth Yettel from Pennsylvania, USA Elizabeth Yetter, Pennsylvania, USA  
Websites:
Simple Bread Recipe  
Bio and links page - A lot of other recipes bread here also.
 
Let's get started:- Elizabeth's simple bread recipe
Ingredients:  
   
Essentials:
3/4 cup warm water
1 pack active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
3 cups all-purpose flour, approximately

For this recipe add:
1-1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vegetable shortening
1/2 cup milk
Image: Basic Bread

Preparation:

In large bowl, add the warm water. Slowly stir in dry yeast. Continue to stir until yeast is dissolved.

Add salt, sugar, shortening, and milk to bowl. Stir.

Mix in the first 2 cups of flour.

If needed, begin adding more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough chases the spoon around the bowl.

You do not need to use up all the flour called for in this recipe, or you may need more flour than called for. The amounts vary depending on many factors, including weather, which is why most bread recipes only give an approximate amount of flour needed.

Turn dough out onto floured board and knead, adding small spoonfuls of flour as needed, until the dough is soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.

Put dough in buttered bowl, turn dough over so that the top of dough is greased. Cover and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour.

Punch down dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead.

Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.

Form dough into loaf and set in buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.

Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or clean dishtowel.
Image: Fresh Loaf of bread just out of the oven

Additional Recipes and Information:
Instructables.com - Make Bread using a Pressure Cooker
 
Instructables.com - Make Bread using a Rice Cooker
 
WikiHow - Thorough guide with many useful tips
 
BBC.co.uk - This great page tells you how to grow your own bread yeast.
The detailed guide also gives many hints and tips for making good quality bread.
Life 21.com - Another thorough and excellent guide
 
About.com - White Rice Bread
 
This information is as supplied by ourselves, and ably supported by our friends and various internet portals.

In addition we personally wish to thank Elizabeth Yettel and instructables.com for sharing with us all their excellent skills and recipes.
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