Monday, 12 April 2010

Bread Winner!

Bread has always been a bit of a grey area for me.  For years i didn't eat wheat because it didn't seem to agree with my gut.  During that time I satisfied any sandwich cravings with all sorts of expensive speciality hippy breads, made with wonderful seeds and grains and full of goodness.  These days I seem to be a little more tolerant of wheaty treats but the idea of a shop bought loaf of bog standard white bread always seems a bit pointless.  If i'm going to have bread, it should be good bread.  I don't just want a tasteless jacket for my ham and cheese.  To me, good bread is fresh bread.  I realise that there is somewhat of an art to making good bread and so I thought it best to start simple.

Easy White Bread
taken from BBC Good Food

500g Strong White Flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tsp salt
7g sachet fast-action yeast
3 tbsp olive oil
300ml water

Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, then add the oil and water, and mix well. If the dough seems a little stiff, add 1-2 tbsp water, mix well then tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead. Once the dough is satin-smooth, place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Leave to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size or place in the fridge overnight.

Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Knock back the dough, then gently mould the dough into a ball. Place it on the baking parchment to prove for a further hour until doubled in size.

Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Dust the loaf with flour and cut a cross about 6cm long into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake for 25-30 mins until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Cool on a wire rack.

For some reason, my loaf required and extra 25 mins or so.

As you can see from the photos, it turned out quite well.  I am going to make another one this week and leave it to rise over night, to see if i can get a plumper loaf.

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