Category Archives: Breads

The next best thing since sliced bread…

Is baking your own!

I’m no expert when it comes to baking breads..but this basic bread recipe can be pulled off by ANYONE!

I couldn’t miss the chance to bake a warm fresh loaf on a rainy day like today. And also, I’d rather do THIS than any other REAL work that I have to do:)

The basics:

600g of white bread flour ( or you can just use plain white flour if you don’t want to hunt for stone ground bread flour)

30g instant yeast

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 tbsp salt

350ml luke warm water

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I just wanted to show off my new scale! 🙂

Bake away!:

In a large bowl, sift half of the flour and make a well in the center.  Add the yeast, sugar, salt and water and stir in the centre of the well,  gently with a fork.

Slowly sweep the flour in from the sides. You should be getting a porridge-like consistency.

Add the remaining flour bit by bit, while continuing to mix.

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At this stage, it looks something like a cloudy ball of dough

Now the part where you get to de-stress.

Use your hands, dont be shy! Knead the dough with dedication, until its as smooth as you can get it.

Try to avoid cracks, as they might prevent you from getting a beautiful slice.

Take the dough out and put it aside for a minute. Oil the bowl lightly with some extra virgin olive oil, place the dough in the oiled bowl, cover with cling wrap and keep in a warm place for about an hour.

After an hour has passed, knock down the dough. Take all the stress of the week out on that dough!

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Let it rest and rise for another 30min.

Knock down again, and kneed lightly into shape. Place in a loaf pan and bake at 180 for 50 mins.

Let it cool before slicing.

Serve fresh with loads of butter and a warm mug of Chai! I couldn’t resist a nice chunk of it when it was straight out of the oven!

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Ahhh..nothing like fresh carbs!

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