posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 12:47 AM
So I have been doing quite a bit of baking lately and have had some great results with white bread from a VERY simple recipe which is just too good
not to share.
First off, you need a large mixing bowl and a cup of warm water, about 40 degrees C is good or 108 degrees F.
Into that goes 3 tablespoons of granulated white sugar and a heaped teaspoon of salt followed by half a cup of olive oil.
stir well until all the salt and sugar is dissolved and check the temperature again, you can bring it up again by holding it and stirring over a gas
Sprinkle on 15 grams (1/2 oz) dried yeast and stir it in to the liquid. Put a tea towel over it and set it in a warm place for half an hour.
When you come back to it, it should be frothing up nicely, take 1 kilo ( about 2.2 lbs ) of strong plain white flour and sieve it into the bowl.
stir and mix everything together with your hands until you have a bread dough. Now you need to turn it out onto a floured surface and start kneeding
it hard. if the mixturew is too dry, I like to add extra oil in drips whilst mixing. If too wet add extra flour.
Knead it for 5 minutes then place back in a clean deep bowl which has been greased with olive oil. Place a damp tea towel over the top and leave it in
a warm place for 1 hour until it had doubled in size.
Take it out again and cut into 2 halves, then knead each half for 2 minutes before putting the dough into a greased bread tin. Now leave these in a
warm place covered with a tea towel for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes they should have doubled in size and can go into an oven on gas mark 6, 210 Deg C, 450 Deg F for about 40 minutes or until the top
starts to brown a little.
I like to put my tins directly onto an oven tray as opposed to the wire oven shelves, this way the bottom of the breade tin gets nice and hot and
cooks the bread through nicely.
When you take it out, knock the loaf out of the tin and tap it on the base with your knuckles, it should sound hollow, if it does not, it needs more
As you can see, It is irresistible when hot