How to make bread in a microwave

Microwave ovens are usually used as a convenient way to reheat food, or prepare some ready-made microwaveable treat. However, there are many foods that can be cooked in a microwave; it is actually possible to make bread using a microwave.

When making bread in a microwave, kneading the bread is a step that can be eliminated; also, the time necessary for the dough to rise is shortened.

Combine 2 tablespoons butter with 235 ml (1 cup) of milk and heat on medium power until the butter is melted. The temperature of the mixture should be between 40 and 55 degrees C (110 and 130 degrees F). If the mixture boils or gets too hot, it must be allowed to cool down in order to allow the yeast to grow.

Add yeast, salt and sugar to the butter and milk mixture and mix well. Set the mixture aside for five minutes, allowing the yeast to grow.

Mix the yeast solution into 325 g (2 1/2 cups) of flour and stir until a sticky ball is formed. Don't knead the dough; just mix until the dough ball can be handled. Cover the bowl with a clean, damp cloth and microwave on high for 30 seconds.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and divide the dough into four equal balls. Spray a microwave-safe dish with non-stick cooking spray and place the balls on the dish. Cover the dough with a paper towel and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

Set the power level at 40 per cent and microwave the dough balls for 25 seconds. Then allow the dough to rest in the microwave; in about an hour the dough will have risen nicely.

Heat a small jar of water in the microwave until the water boils. Place the dough in the microwave next to the jar. Brush the tops of the dough with salad oil and heat on 10 per cent power for 20 minutes.

Test bread to see if it is done by pressing on the crust. The crust will spring back if the bread is done baking. If it's not done, heat for another minute at full power. If you desire a brown crust, heat the finished microwaved bread in a conventional oven at 220 degrees C (425 degrees F) for five minutes.