How To Bake Bread
There has never been a better time to start baking bread. The process of making something is always a good way to be present.
500g of bread flour - I use 100g strong white and 400g brown bread flour
25g of butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1tsp fast-action dried yeast
Seeds of your choice - poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
Put the flour in a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips.
Add sugar salt and yeast.
Dust a surface with flour.
Mix in warm water a little at a time, you might not need all the water. Don’t worry if it’s sticky.
Knead it on the flour-dusted surface and just add more flour if it’s sticky.
6. Knead for 10 minutes.
7. Put it back in the bowl, and cover the dough with a little olive oil.
8. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave the bread somewhere warm for it to rise for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
9. It should double in size.
10. Set the oven to 200C and bake for about half an hour in a baking tin with a light layer of oil to stop it sticking.
Take your bread out and let it cool on a cool shelf.
Melt some butter on the warm bread and enjoy it.
It’s a simple pleasure that will always beat buying a loaf in the store.