BASIC BREAD ~ WHITE

BREAD
Ingredients
  1. 500g Strong Flour
  2. 300ml Water
  3. Salt (a teaspoonful)
  4. 7g Dried Yeast
  5. 50ml Olive Oil
  6. 10g Sugar
There are several methods I use when making bread, here are a few suggestions
#1 The quick starter method
  1. In a jug measure out 300ml of water, add the yeast and sugar stir together then add 100g of the flour, beat with a whisk and make sure it is smooth.
  2. Cover the jug with cling film then put the jug either i) in the fridge overnight or ii) leave on the worktop for an hour. The longer you can leave it, the better it will taste!
  3. If you put the jug in the fridge overnight take it out of the fridge, allowing it to warm up for at least an hour before continuing.
  4. In a mixing bowl put all of your ingredients (except the jugful of mix) and combine together.
  5. Add the jug of starter dough and mix together.
  6. Knead for at least 10 minutes by hand or mix with dough hook in mixer for five minutes.
  7. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and leave somewhere warm to prove (upto an hour and a half).
  8. Once proved, knead the dough again for a minute then shape as desired.
#2 the Lazy method
  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and combine, then knead for at least 10 minutes by hand or mix with dough hook in mixer for five minutes.
  2. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and leave somewhere warm to prove (upto an hour and a half).
  3. Once proved, knead the dough again for a minute then shape as desired.
Baking times
  1. Large Loaf: 180oC for 30-40 Mins.
  2. Two Small Loaves: 180oC for 25-30 Mins.
  3. Rolls (70g each): 180oC for 15-20 Mins.
Seeded Bread
  1. Sprinkle your favourite seeds into the dough.
Granary or Wholemeal
  1. This recipe can be used with any bread flour. Wholemeal and Granary flour needs more water.
Using a Kenwood Chef / Major or Kitchenaid??
  1. If you are using a mixer with a dough hook, put the liquid in the bowl first (the yeast mixture) then add the flour, salt and oil. Mix on minimun speed to combine the ingredients, then knead on a higher speed for a maximum of 5 minutes (speed "3" as the maximum speed)
  2. There is no need to prove first, put the dough in a loaf tin and prove.
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