Bread Recipe for Beginners
We love baking bread and experimenting with new flavours and recipes, so this month we thought we go back to the beginning and share a recipe for a first-time bread-maker to try. We’d love to see photos of your loaves so please send them to us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Beginner’s recipe for bread baking. (Makes 2 loaves)
500g Strong bread flour
10g Fresh yeast
350g Luke warm water
Put the flour into a large mixing bowl or directly onto your work surface.
Slowly add the water and the salt and yeast.
Mix by hand until a dough starts to form (it will seem very sticky at first).
Keep working the dough and folding it over on itself until it is of a smooth and even consistency.
Leave the dough in a bowl, covered with a cloth for approx 45mins-1hr until the dough has roughly doubled in size.
The dough will benefit from being in a warm place but not too dry, the yeast will keep working in a cool environment it just takes a little longer- so be patient!
Once the dough has doubled in size remove from the bowl split into two equal pieces and gently press out and then roll & fold into the desired shape.
This would normally be a rectangular shape for a small tin or a ball to bake directly in the oven.
Be careful here not to damage the dough as it can easily tear, be firm but gentle and if the dough seems reluctant to go into your desired shape just leave it to rest for a few minutes and it will then be easier to manipulate/mould. Heat your oven to about 230 centigrade and if you have one, use a baking stone in the oven. Leave your two dough pieces covered again for about an hour until they have nearly doubled in size. Once they have reached this point they are ready to bake! At this point you can cut or flour the top of your loaves to make them more attractive. Spay some water into your oven and immediately place your loaves into the centre of the oven. Bake for about 45minutes until golden brown If baking in a tin remove straight away and allow to cool for a few minutes before trying to cut the bread. Enjoy! Once you are confident with the above you can add different ingredients such as olives and make different shapes - try a three strand plait for example.