Bingo Bread: A Peculiar Recipe That Surprisingly Works
Every once in a while, we come across recipes that pique our curiosity. “What on Earth is this avocado garlic soup on All Recipes?” Or we come across the latest adaptation of the deep fried Mars Bar. The last one was a joke.
But while these types of recipes may sound peculiar, many of them work and taste really delicious.
One particular recipe that I’ve recently come across is a pastry called Bingo Bread. Apart from the fact that it uses some ingredients that aren’t usually involved in baking bread, the name itself is quite puzzling. What does Bingo Bread have in common with bingo? What’s the backstory?
Bingo is a highly customisable game that is popular across Europe – you only have to look at this detailed overview of the games history by The Manchester Evening News to understand how long is has been played. In fact, the game is loved so much that it now has hundreds of variations that have been adapted so that the game stays relevant.
For one, there’s now a game called Eatwell Bingo, which was first introduced by the UK government in order to help children eat healthy. UK gaming platform PocketFruity also saw the appeal of bingo when they launched Slingo Extreme – a mashup between slots and bingo that is now played by hundreds of thousands of people each week because it can be integrated into social media channels. And it doesn’t stop there. Fitness Bingo (FITGO) has become a popular endeavour for people trying to get fit. The variations of the game are endless and is very much dependent on the country or region you are from. However Bingo Bread isn’t actually directly related to the famous game!
So why is it called Bingo Bread? Is it because bingo halls across Europe are selling this type of bread? Or was it just made to pay tribute to the most popular past time on Earth? In reality, none of those explanations are true. But whatever the reason is, the bread is both healthy and delicious to eat! Let’s run through the ingredients and how to make it:
4 cups of all-purpose flour
2 – 3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dry milk powder
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 ounce of active dry yeast
1/2 cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoons salt
1.) In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, milk powder, sugar, and yeast. Set aside.
2.) In a saucepan, heat water, oil, and butter for at least 30 seconds and then add to the dry ingredients. Beat on medium using a mixer for 3 minutes. Then, pour in eggs, onions, parsley, oregano, salt, and the remaining all-purpose flour to form the dough.
3.) Flour a surface and then knead the dough until smooth. It will probably take around 8 – 10 minutes.
4.) Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
5.) Punch the dough down, divide it into 2, and shape into loaves. Put the loaves in 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover, and let it rise for 30 minutes.
6.) Bake in 190 C for 30 minutes.