Simple Bread Making Recipe

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The art of breadmaking is something that remains a mystery to many of us.  However, there are some simple and easy recipes that everyone can use to make their own bread.

The recipe below is quick and easy and can be used with or without kneading.  Why not give it a try for some very tasty bread which costs pennies.

Basic Bread Recipe

4 Cups strong flour

2 Cups warm water

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons sugar

1 sachet dried yeast

Equipment

Large mixing bowl

Proving container (basket, bowl, plastic container)

Baking tray lined with baking paper

Small baking tray to hold water throughout baking

I normally start by adding the yeast to the warm water.  Make sure it is only warm, if your water is too hot the yeast will not work, and you will have lumps of baked goo instead of bread.

Add the sugar and salt and leave for 10 mins until there is a foam on the top.

Place most of the flour into the mixing bowl and add the water and yeast. 

Mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are combined

No knead method

Turn into the proving container and leave to rise for 2 hours.

After 2 hours, turn on the oven to preheat to 230/210(fan) and place small baking tray in oven on lower shelf than where you intend to bake the bread.  

Once dough has risen, turn onto baking paper lined baking tray or in a baking tin and put in oven preheated to 230/210(fan) for 30 mins. 

Kneading method

Turn out the dough onto your work surface and knead the dough for approximately 10-15mins.  Turn onto baking paper lined baking tray or a baking tin and put in oven preheated to 230/210(fan) for 30 mins.

When putting dough into oven, add half a cup of water to the small baking tray to aid in steam creation through the baking process.

To check if the bread is ready, turn it over and tap the bottom. If it makes a hollow sound then it is ready.

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