Chilean Country Bread is what country ladies bake every day at home for their families or to sell. It never tastes the same to me if you buy it at a bakery. Most Chileans enjoy this bread when on vacation: at the lake or at the beach. Sometimes is improved with pig cracklings knead into the dough, you can use fried bacon if you feel indulgent.
The rolls have a sturdier interior than American rolls.
Most common toppings or uses for Chilean Country Bread:
- For breakfast with scrambled eggs, avocado
- Serve cut for an appetizer with Pebre
- On sandwich: with ham and cheese for picnics, or at restaurants as Chacareros (steak, tomato, green beans) or Barros Luco (steak and melted cheese)
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A treat, a delicious country bread.
- 500 grams of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of warm/hot water, and more if need it
- 2 tablespoons melted butter, still warm or shortening or lard
- 1 envelope quick yeast (7 grams)
- Make a volcano with the flour mixed with the salt and put in the center the melted butter, 1 cup of warm water and yeast, mix.
- Knead until the dough is soft and pliable, takes about 10 minutes, add more water if you need, you can use a bread maker or a Kitchenaid with the kneading paddle to achieve this (5 minutes kneading on the KitchenAid).
- Make a log with the dough and cut into 12 equal pieces (70 grams each), cover with a tea towel and work each ball into round discs.
- Let rise for 1 1/2 hours in a warm place covered with a tea towel.
- Preheat oven to 350F or 180C.
- Pierce the rolls with a fork and paint with warm milk. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Serve hot, any extras reheat wrapped in a damp cloth in the microwave.
Keywords: chilean bread, yeasted bread, pan amasado