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Homemade Agege Bread

Homemade Agege Bread

I find it interesting that since I started blogging in 2015, I don’t have a recipe on the blog for Agege bread. Weird right. I have for PaniPopo bread rolls which I absolutely love,you should check the recipe out.

An egbon of mine DM’ed me a few days ago to send her the recipe for Agege bread, that is when I realised I didn’t have it here on the blog. Waawu. I found a picture from 2014 on the Facebook page though.

I’ve dusted my recipe book, typed out the recipe and added a few tips I learnt in the last one year. Like my recipe book contains some bread improvers that I’ve never gelled with, so removed those. Using Vitamin C is a tip I learnt and I’ve explained what it’s used for in the recipe.

Recipe

  • 6 cups all purpose flour (you’d need some more to powder the rolling board, about a cup at least).
  • 1 1/2 tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar (you can half this, I’m a sweet tooth)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1  cup milk
  • 100g – 150g margarine (Can be substituted with 2-3 tbsp of vegetable oil)
  • 2 large egg (one for dough, one for egg washing)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid ( I crushed 5 tables of white vitamin C to get this). Vitamin C acts as dough improver. It accelerates the rising of the dough and extends the shelf life.

Procedure

  • Sift flour in a large bowl, add sugar, salt, and vitamin c and whisk together. Add the margarine and rub into into the flour till it forms crumbs
  • *Check that your yeast is active. Sometime you buy packet yeast and you may not know it has been exposed and is now not as potent. To do this, add a 1/4 tsp sugar to your yeast, add 3 tbsp of warm water. Leave it for about 3 minutes. The yeast is expected to froth if it is still active, if it doesn’t froth like the foamy top on beer after leaving it for longer than 10 minutes, the yeast is not active
  • In another bowl, mix wet ingredients, one egg, milk water and whisk together
  • Make a hole in the centre of the dry ingredients and add yeast, the mixed wet ingredients to make a dough.You can use a mixer or mix by hand.
  • Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Or keep mixing in your mixer until dough is stretchy and elastic. The key to making great Agege bread is in the kneading. Kneading will activate the gluten that will make the bread stretchy
  • Roll the dough up. Grease a bowl and place the dough in it. Cover and put in a warm place to rise until it doubled. I usually turn the oven on briefly to warm it up and turn off. Then I place the dough inside to rise, takes about an hour for the first rise.
  • When it has risen, deflate the dough and place on a floured surface knead the dough very well, this will knock out all the air from the first rising and will make the dough fluffier and more elastic
  • Divide it into two, roll the dough up to form a loaf and place in a greased baking pan. For this, I placed both rolls, side by side in the same pan
  • Cover with damp kitchen towel and place in a warm place to rise the second time.
  • When it has risen, turn the oven on and set to 350 degrees. If your oven doesn’t come with a temperature gauge set the heat to about three notches below the highest.
  • Whisk the extra egg you set aside together. Using a brush, Egg wash the top of the risen dough before you place the dough into the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes. About 15 minutes into the bake, you can pull the bread out to give it one more egg wash. If you don’t want the top crust too dark, don’t egg wash.
  • Alternatives to egg wash. You can brush with milk or margarine.
  • You can pass a skewer through the bread to know if it is ready or tap the top to hear a hollow sound.
  • Once it is ready, take it out of the oven, remove from the pan and set on a wire rack to cool.
Cooling on a wire rack , the top crust is a little dark because I double egg washed.
Look at the inside of the bread! Recognise the familiar Agege bread draw! Yum!
A slice of warm Agege bread

I can think of so many ways you can enjoy bread. How do you like yours?

16 thoughts on “Homemade Agege Bread”

  1. Good morning, I tried to use your recipe bit it came out like puff puff mixture. Is the milk liquid milk or powdered milk cause I used liquid and it came out watery

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    1. Hi @Ibukun I took your feedback and I found time today to review the recipe. Indeed using the measurement above, you will get an almost runny dough. I found that the fault in the recipe came from me halving a recipe for a larger batch of bread. I apologise and I’ve effectively edited the recipe correctly. Thanks for following the blog, for trying the recipe and for the honest feedback.
      Labake.

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      1. You are welcome, will try out the edited recipe and give you a feedback. Thank you for the efforts you put in the blog, I am sure its quite demanding. God bless you.

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  2. I used standard measuring cups. That means I am adding 2 and half cups of liquid (water and milk) to 5 cups of flour. I had to add more flour cause it was way too soft to form a dough

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    1. 2 and half cups of liquid yes. Gokd thing you added more I can’t tell why the flour was runny. Soft dough yes, but runny like puffpuff, I will question the measurement. A soft dough knead well will form a ball that doesn’t stick to the bowl, it would become smooth and even lift off the bowl when kneading. I use additional flour to knead when I transfer to a board for the second I kneading.

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  3. During this lockdown I have been trying different bread recipes. So I decided to try tour today. The dough was runny so I had to add more flour. I have 3 different 1 cup at home so I decided to measure each one just to be sure they are all same size even though they all have 1 cup written on them. They were all different sizes! One was 235ml, one was 200ml and another was 250ml and I used one to measure milk, one to measure flour and one to measure sugar so it turns out all my measurements weren’t the same. My bread came out really good though… Thank you so much

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    1. Thank you for the honest feedback, a blog reader Ibukun called my attention to this a few days ago. I was able to find the time to review the recipe and I found the error. I’ve edited the measurements accordingly. Thanks for following the blog, for trying the recipes and for the honest feedback.

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