You would think someone with a food blog would have made bread before but sadly I have not?! I’m going to sound like a bit of an arse now, but when I lived at home with my parents my Dad prided himself on his bread machine and when we had freshly made bread it was often the result of the machine.
Alas when I moved out the machine did not come with me and I’ve had to fend for myself. It’s just so easy to buy bread from the supermarket, but I wanted to challenge myself. The smell of fresh bread is probably one of the best smells and if I could have that as a car air freshener I would be all over that.
This recipe is from bakingmad.com and the website is really good if you need to learn the basics of baking/cooking. I felt as it was my first time making bread I should go for something a bit easy… so I chose the simple white loaf. What could go wrong?
It did take a bit longer that the original recipe stated to prove my dough as I rent my house and it’s extremely cold during the winter months so although I put it right next to the boiler, it did take a good couple of hours. After that it was straightforward as it can get!
– 500g strong white bread flour
– 1 tsp sugar
– 1 tsp salt
– 15g butter
– 7g yeast
– 300ml luke warm water
1. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar and salt.
2. Add the butter and using your fingers incorporate into the flour mix.
3. Add the yeast and stir into the mix
4. Make a well in the flour mix and add the luke warm water. Using your hands combine the ingredients until you have a dough mixture.
5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and continue to knead the dough for around 10 minutes until feels elasticated (I’ve included a youtube link if you don’t know how to knead)
6. Lightly grease a loaf tin and shape your dough so it fits into the loaf tin.
7. Cover the dough with lightly oiled clingfilm or a damp tea towel. Leave the tin in a warm place to prove and so it’s doubled in size. This can take an hour or longer depending how warm your house is!
8. When doubled, preheat your oven to 210 degrees.
9. Sprinkle flour on top of the dough whilst still in the tin and place in the oven for 15 minutes. After this reduce the temperature down to 200 degrees and bake for a further 15-20 minutes. You want it to be golden brown and when out of the tin, when you tap the bottom it should sound hollow
You don’t want a soggy bottom!
Enjoy with butter and jam or as a bacon sandwich!
Hopefully this will not be the last of my bread making days. Let me know about your bread making experience