Wednesday, 6 April 2016

BAKE: Bread

The other day I decided to make bread. 

NOTE: If you've never had camembert and crusty bread, stop what you are doing and go and buy some now. It's amazing. And we happened to have some camembert in the fridge...

Considering bread is one of the most basic things that anyone has in their food cupboards, there are a surprising amount of variations on how to make a simple loaf. I chose to follow the one of the back of the Allinson Easy Bake Yeast packet because it seemed to be the one with least faff involved.

500 Strong white bread flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2tsp yeast
15g butter
300ml warm water

S bash the flour and salt together with the sugar and dry yeast, before rubbing in the butter. Stir in the water to create a dough. Knead for at least 5 minutes until smooth and elastic (this part I completely failed at), then pop into the loaf tin to rise. Put it in a warm place for about 45 minutes so it's doubled in size then whack in the oven at 230C for 15 minutes. After those initial 15 minutes, lower the temperature to 200C for another 15 minutes until the top is golden.

Mine turned out really stodgy inside (as Paul Hollywood would say - undercooked) and really crusty on the outside so next time I'll adjust the temperature/timings to suit my oven.

Have any of you made bread from scratch before? How do you make it?

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