Friday, April 13, 2012

Super easy bread

As a baker I'd rather make a loaf of bread than buying a cheap crappy bread that I think is not even a "BREAD"... Especially when a loaf is this simple and easy to make and tastes great, and I know exactly what is in it, I'm definitely making one myself.

Oh and.., just to assure you how easy to make your own bread, I've got a 10 days old baby and I can still make this bread around my baby schedule:)

So, the recipe is...

Ingredients:

Strong flour 500g
Sugar 40g
Water (lukewarm) 350g
Dried yeast 7g
Salt 5g
Oil 2 tbsp

1. Put strong flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a standing mixer with a dough hook attached.
2. Pour lukewarm water over yeast. Turn the mixer on and knead for a minutes.
3. Add oil into 2. Keep kneading for 10 minutes.
4. Cover the dough with cling film and rest it until it has doubled in size.
5. Punch the dough to let the air out. Rest for 10 minutes.
6.Grease a loaf tin with oil, place the dough and rest it until it has doubled in size.
7. Preheat the oven to 200ºc. Bake for 30 minutes.

Here are some tips to make the job easier...

• I use Kenwood kMix to knead the dough.
Quite literally, this machine has changes my baking life... My best friend in the kitchen;D

• To quicken the rising process, I turn the oven on to something like 180ºc while preparing the dough. When the oven gets warm (not hot hot), turn the oven off and put the dough covered with cling film in the oven to rest and rise it. It'll take only 20 minutes or so for the dough to double in size.

I used strong brown flour this time, but strong white flour or whole meal works just as good. This loaf is great when it's toasted with spread of butter. It was so tasty that we found ourselves finishing half the loaf at once... ooops... ;)

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