Homemade Bread

There’s nothing quite like a slice of soft homemade bread when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Smothered in butter, topped with cheese or dipped into warm soup, the joy of indulging in this baked treat with the knowledge that it’s all your own handiwork can have you feeling like the next Star Baker. As the dark nights roll in and hot chocolate becomes a staple in our diets, there’s no better time to whip up your very own loaf and we’ve got the perfect method.
 

Our Foolproof Recipe

 

Here's our easy homemade bread recipe that will leave you deserving of a Paul Hollywood handshake.

Ingredients:

495g Strong Bread Flour
7g Fast-Action Dried Yeast
300ml Lukewarm Water
2 tbsp Sunflower Oil
 
Prep time:
25 minutes
 
Oven time:
35 minutes

Method:

Step 1:

Sift the flour and yeast into a bowl, before mixing in the salt. Stir in the water and oil slowly. This will make a soft dough – you can use your hands to really get stuck in, but a wooden spoon or even just a knife from the cutlery drawer will suffice, if you don’t want to mess up your fresh manicure.

 
Step 2:

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 10 minutes. While this may sound tedious, it’s a good work out and trust us - you will have the tastiest and fluffiest bread later on.

Instead of adding flour to the surface and your hands to prevent the dough sticking, add a light layer of oil to them – wet dough is better than a dry one for a truly indulgent loaf.

If you are adding in other flavourings or ingredients, now is the time to do so.

 
Step 3:

Oil the bread tin, before transferring the dough and covering the top with oiled cling film. Leave in a nice, dry but warm place until the bread naturally rises and fills the tin. This should take between 1-2 hours.

Step 4:

Once your bread has risen fully, uncover the dough and bake at 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6 for 30-35 minutes until its golden on the top. Tip the bread out of the tin and tap the base of the loaf. If it sounds hollow and has a crispy outer texture, then it is fully cooked and ready to go.

If it needs more time, pop the loaf back in the oven without the tin for another 5-10 minutes, and test in the same way again.
 

Serve and Enjoy

All that’s left to do now is serve, and enjoy! You can either indulge in a nice warm slice, coated with a layer of butter or wait until it’s cooled down enough to slice up and enjoy with your favourite fillings.

Whatever you choose, rest assured that while this recipe might be simple, it’s certainly worthy of the Masterchef trophy, Enjoy!

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