Home-made bread

Is there anything more delicious than fresh, warm bread (with butter and cheese)? We don't think so, even if it makes our jeans a little tighter!


1.2kg bread flour
650ml lukewarm water
30g yeast
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
Extra flour for dusting

1. Make a large well with the flour.  In the centre, pour in half of the water, followed by the yeast, sugar and salt.
2. Stir with a fork until the water, yeast, sugar and salt are all combined then slowly start bringing some of flour in with the fork. When the mixture is thick and porridge-like, add the rest of the water.
3. Repeat the process of bringing in the flour slowly until the mixture is thick enough so the water won’t run all over the place. Now is time to start working the dough with your hands.
4. Gently start working the dough into a ball and knead it until it becomes soft and smooth.
5. When you’ve finished kneading the dough, place it into an oiled bowl and cover with clingwrap or a damp tea towel. Allow to rise for about 45 minutes to an hour. Make sure the dough is left in a relatively warm place.
6. When the dough has risen, transfer it to the greased bread tin. Once again, allow to rise again for about 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.
7. Gently place your bread in the oven and bake for an about an hour.
8. You can check whether your bread is cooked by tapping the bottom, if it sounds hollow, the bread is cooked.
9. Allow your bread to cool on a wire-rack for at least 30 minutes.


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