RECIPE! Love the aroma of a freshly baked loaf? Stocked up with flour and yeast? Make your own #bread! If you’re put off by all the kneading and waiting, try this speedy 1 hour recipe, submitted by one of our team. This isn’t the light, airy kind you'd use for sandwiches. Instead, it’s a rustic, hearty loaf, best slathered in butter, dunked into comforting soup, served with a slab of cheese, or as a bruschetta topped with tomatoes and drizzled in olive oil. Also, it can be fun to let little ones help make this….
400g bread flour - I like to mix brown and white.
1 x sachet of easy bake yeast.
1 x tea spoon of fine salt.
Mix dry ingredients in a big, clean mixing bowl.
Add hand-hot water, a little at a time, mixing with one hand until you bind everything into a wet - but not too wet - dough.
It should only take a few seconds and by the time you’re done, most of the dough should slide easily away from your hand.Hope that make sense...
Cover bowl with a tea towel. Leave for 10 minutes.
Lightly oil a work surface with olive oil.
Tip out the dough onto work surface. Knead for about 20 seconds until the dough is a smoother ball. Leave a moment.
Wash, clean, and dry your bowl.
Lightly coat bowl with olive oil. Return dough to bowl and leave under a tea towel.
Let it rise for about 25 mins, or until needed. The longer you leave it, the more it will rise and lighten.
Switch on oven to high - approx gas mark 8 | 230 degrees celsius
Tip your dough into a loaf tin or shape onto a baking tray. The loaf tin option is easiest for creating a nice shape.
When oven is hot, slash top of dough, 3 times for luck. Sprinkle over some oats or a pinch of bread flour.
Put in oven and bake for 22 minutes.
Empty your loaf onto wire rack - it should not stick when being removed.
Knock on the bottom of your loaf, if it sounds hollow, it’s done.
Leave the loaf for at least 30 mins before slicing - don’t skip this part!
Best served on the first day. If you have leftovers, it’s lovely for toast, or slice and freeze.
Post originally written for Crail Food Festival