Inspired by Bake Off?  Bubbling with anger over the changes that are to come?  Or just fancy a bit of a bake… why not have a try at this super simple bread recipe.

I’m feeling a little heart ache that my favourites are no longer going to be part of Bake Off… so to plug that gap I am trying to bake myself some bread.  I’ve never done this without the aid of a machine or sourdough starter.  After a little research I come up with what seems to be an easy to follow simple recipe for a white loaf and given it a little tweak.


Ingredients

500g plain white flour (you will need a little bit extra for dusting)

1 tsp salt

7g fast-action yeast

3 tbsp olive oil

300ml warm water

1.5 tbsp poppy seeds

 

Method

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Create a small well in the centre and add the oil and the water, make sure the water is warm not hot.

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Tip onto a floured bench.  Knead the dough until it is smooth and soft.  Flour a proofing basket, or place in a lightly oiled mixing bowl.  Leave to rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.

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Knock back the dough.  If you haven’t done this before, the aim is to remove the larger air bubbles, I like to gently pull the edges of the dough into the middle and press in.  Line a baking tray with baking paper, shape the dough into a ball and place on the tray.  Leave to rise for a further hour or until doubled in size.

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Heat your oven to 220c or gas mark 7.  Make sure the oven is hot before you put the dough into the oven.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until a nice golden crust and the bread sounds hollow when you tap it.

Cool on a wire rack…or cut right in!

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My favourite place for recipes is the BBC Good Food site, have a look and get inspired.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes

 

I love the smell of proofing bread!  It is homely, warm and almost as good as the finished thing!  Take a moment to enjoy this moment, it’s a thing of beauty that we have managed to create this wonderful reaction.

I spread butter and vegemite on my bread whilst it is warm and…it….is…. wonderful.  even if I am blowing my own trumpet.

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Don’t feel you have to stick to poppy seeds, you could sprinkle pumpkin seeds on the top before you bake, or mix in some dried tomatoes and basil.  Or try a sweet option, maybe some honey or dried cherries.  Delicious!

 

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