Basic white bread

Serves: 12 good slices. | Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 1hour 20mins | Cook Time: 20mins |Total Time: 1hour 40minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 500g Strong white flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 7g dried yeast (don’t know how much fresh you would need)
  • 300ml luke warm water.

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven 200c (220c for none fan assisted.)
  2. Mix all the dried ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Add the oil and start to mix it into the flour mixture.
  4. Gradually add the water to the flour and oil mix and mix until it is fully combined.
  5. If the mixture is too wet add a sprinkle more flour, and of course if it’s too dry add a little more water.
  6. On a floured surface remove the dough from the bowl and start to knead it for about 10 minutes until it is nice and elasticy. (I’m sure that’s a word!)
  7. Put back in it’s dish, cover with a damp dish cloth and leave somewhere warm for an hour to prove. It should just about double in size.
  8. When this happens remove it from the bowl, give it a quick knead and then place in a pre-greased bread tin. If you do a slice along the length of the dough it will help it expand as it’s cooking and stop it from cracking.
  9. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. When you turn it out of the tin and tap the bottom it should sound hollow, if it doesn’t, pop it back in the oven for a few more mins.
  10. Once you’re happy your bread is cooked place it on a cooling rack and leave for an hour or so until it’s not steamy hot.

Notes:

If you want to make bread rolls instead of a loaf, just roll the dough out into a long thick sausage and chop it into however many rolls you need. Roll them into rounds and place them on a greased tray. They will take about 15 minutes to cook depending how big you make them. I like making bread into a sort of tear and share style rolls.

tear and share

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