Bread making 🍞🍞
I’ve made bread for quite a while now although slipped while pregnant and am now starting to get back into it. I use my bread maker as I can never make bread properly without it!
For us it helps reduce waste and shopping trips as well as plastic as most ingredients we’ve so far found in paper or tin. It’s also really useful as our youngest is dairy and soya intolerant so I can make it to those needs. It also tastes so good!!
Making your own bread is really easy and can cut lots of plastic wrappers out of your life if you normally buy it from a supermarket.
When you’re used to popping to the shop to buy bread, making your own can seem like a far too time consuming task, but when you consider the time it actually takes to get ready, go to the shop, get what you need and get back again, you could probably have made a loaf and saved the stress of shopping!
Here’s what you need for a basic loaf (based on the BBC Good Food basic loaf recipe with some minor adjustments) :
500g strong white flour
1 teaspoon active dried yeast
1 teaspoon salt
300ml warm water
3 tablespoons olive oil
Mix together the dry ingredients then add in the wet ingredients.
Mix until they’re combined and the dough is roughly together.
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead gently for around 10 minutes.
Transfer back to the bowl and cover with a clean cloth.
Leave to rise for 1 hour or to have fresh bread in the morning, place in the fridge over night.
Give the dough a quick, gentle knead to reduce the air and then shape in to a rough ball.
Cover a baking tray with flour then place the dough on the tray. Leave for an hour to double in size again.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°/gas mark 7.
Lightly dust the dough with flour and score an x in to the top with a sharp knife.
Cook for 25-30 minutes until it sounds hollow when you tap it on the bottom.
Leave to cool before eating