Although I’ve baked a lot of cookies and cake, I’d never tried my hand at bread before Saturday. Despite being a big fan of eating it, I’d always assumed it was complicated to make and best left to those people who really know what they’re doing in the kitchen. Luckily for me, my boyfriend is one of those people, so I asked him to teach me how to make bread.
It turns out that it’s actually really straightforward. The result is cheaper and tastier than buying bread. I’ll definitely be doing this more often.
This recipe filled a standard sized bread tin, and made a loaf that we almost finished for breakfast on Sunday. Make sure you intend to be in all evening, so you can keep an eye on it proving.
Simple white loaf
1. Measure our 400g of flour and put it in a mixing bowl.
2. Empty a sachet of yeast into 250ml of room temperature water, and stir it for a bit until the granules dissolve.
3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to the jug with the water and yeast in it.
4. Add about 4g of vegetable oil to the flour.
5. Tip the liquid into the flour and squish together to form a dough.
6. Knead the dough until you can stretch a bit you can see through without it breaking. Apparently this takes 10-15 minutes but it took me longer because I’m a weakling. (Adjust time for upper body strength).
7. Score the top of the dough, cover the top of the bowl with cling film and leave in a warmish place to prove for an hour.
8. After an hour take the expanded dough out and knead it a little bit. Apparently this is called knocking it back. Go and watch some more TV while it proves for another 30 minutes.
9. Knock back the dough again and put it into the bread tin.
10. Prove it in the tin for another 30 minutes, and pre-heat the oven.
11. Bake at 200C for 30-40 minutes, until the crust is browned and it sound hollow when you tap the base of the loaf.
12. Eat with lots of butter.