Wholesome Bread

Tonight I have decided to bake the family a nice loaf of bread
By family, I mean me.

This has been between acts of X factor. I couldn’t miss out on all that action obviously, but the kitchen was calling my name…

Fortunately, bread is one of those interval, build-in-stages kind of bakes, which was perfect for this evening

It’s actually still baking while I’m starting this post,
Which is rather unfortunate as I am dying to try a slice while it’s still warm…

Right.

What do we need?

  • Mixing bowl
  • 450g plain flour (or strong white bread flour)
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 3tbsp sunflower oil (although I used vegetable oil… I hope it tastes ok?!)
  • 1 ‘Easy Bake’ yeast sachet
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 225ml warm water

And how do we make it?

First up, whack all the dry ingredients into your bowl or mixer

There’s our sugar, flour, salt and yeast.

Next up add the water and the oil

Make sure your water is hand warm, as in, the sort of temperature you could have a bath in without scolding your flesh… lovely!Mix it all together until it forms a nice soft, squishy, slightly sticky dough

Then knead it, for about 10 minutes, on a nice floured surface

Wonderful arm workout if you really put your back into it.

Burn off some calories before indulging in some warm bread with lovely melted butter on…

My baking appears to be all about that

Put your back into the prep, enjoy the calories afterwards, it’s basically a free treat?!

Roll it into those neat little balls like Paul Hollywood does when he gets all over excited with bread…

(We all know he likes bread, maybe a bit too much? I don’t blame him)

Leave it to prove.

Maybe in an airing cupboard or a proving draw if you have one.

Our airing cupboard wasn’t very warm, so under the wood burner it went!

Let it double in size roughly, then whack it in the oven

Ooohhh.

Put a couple of scores in the top, add some flour, get all rustic and true baker about it

Leave it in there for 30–35 minutes

When you take it out, lift it (maybe use a tea towel or oven glove) and tap it on the bottom, if it makes a hollow sort of sound its ready

Look at that loaf.

Beautiful.

Now to add some butter…

Then devour several buttery slices

And feel absolutely no regret because that is your wonderful home made bread and you can eat the whole thing at once. No one has to know you even baked it. Destroy the evidence.

Tasty as toast, super for sandwiches, and gorgeous grilled…

Enjoy it however you wish, just ensure you enjoy.

If you’re feeling nice, maybe share it.

Maybe.
(Don’t.)

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