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Chilean Homemade Amasado Bread Recipe
Chilean Homemade Amasado Bread Recipe

Chilean amasado bread is the bread of the house, the one our mothers and grandmothers used to make, the bread we enjoyed for breakfast straight out of the oven, spread with fresh butter or fruit jam.

How to make Chilean amasado bread?

The recipe for making easy, homemade, and soft amasado bread is undoubtedly a must-have in any Chilean cookbook, and there are multiple local variations, such as churrascas, Lota miner’s bread, or even unleavened bread.

Nutritional Information

Category: Breads
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 300
Preparation: 150 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Homemade Amasado Bread recipe

Ingredients

  • 500 g (17.6 oz) of flour
  • 250 ml (8.5 fl oz) of warm water
  • 30 g (1.1 oz) of butter (2 tablespoons)
  • 10 g (0.35 oz) of dry yeast (1 tablespoon)
  • 7 g (0.25 oz) of sugar (1 teaspoon)
  • 5 g (0.18 oz) of salt (1 teaspoon)

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, dissolve 10 grams of dry yeast or 30 grams of fresh yeast in about 100 ml of warm water, add sugar, stir and let rest for 10 minutes in a warm place.
  2. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl, make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, the remaining water, and room temperature butter. Mix everything with your hands or a wooden spoon and knead for about 5 minutes until you obtain a soft and flexible dough that doesn’t stick to your fingers.
  3. Transfer the dough to a large greased bowl, roll to grease the surface, cover with a clean kitchen cloth, and let rise at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.
  4. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and work it with your hands until you obtain a smooth and elastic texture. Divide it into 10 or 12 pieces, shape small round loaves with your palms, distribute them on a baking tray, prick them with a fork, cover again with a clean kitchen cloth, and let rise for another 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 190°C (374°F) for at least 10 minutes.
  6. Place the loaves in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until they are lightly golden and produce a hollow sound when tapped on the base. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  7. Serve the amasado bread warm or cold, plain or spread with butter, jam, or any other accompaniment of your choice.

Tips for fluffy amasado bread

Use the times only as a reference, as rising and baking times will depend on room temperature and the type of oven, so the time may vary. The most important thing is to observe it until it reaches a soft golden color.

Dry yeast vs. baking powder

Whether you use dry (powdered) yeast or fresh yeast, just consider that for every gram of dry yeast used, the equivalent amount of fresh yeast needed is three grams (1:3).

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