Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Baking Bread







I have been wanting to bake my own bread for absolutely ages, but never got round to actually doing it! I used to bake a lot with my mum when I was younger and we used to let the bread rise in the heat of our car in the summer! Yesterday, I went and bought some yeast and strong white flour and this is what I came up with!!!
The first picture is of the bread dough straight after mixing the ingredients. I left the dough in the fridge over night, but took it out 2-3 hours after placing it in the fridge just to take a picture to show you how much it had already risen!! 
Today, my boyfriend's mum and sister came to visit us at our flat and they absolutely loved it. It's such a shame I didn't bake more for them to take home! Bread never lasts long at our flat....we can go through so many loaves per week, so I love being able to bake my own! The recipe is really short and extremely simple. Even though I spend most of my time baking, I would never consider myself an expert or in any way particularly 'amazing' at it...but this recipe is absolutely fool proof!! 

Ingredients

500g Strong White Flour
7g Sachet of Yeast
3 tbsp Oil (I used sunflower oil in mine)
3 tsp Salt
300ml Water


Step 1
Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a bowl, then make a well shape in the middle and pour the water and oil.

Step 2
It's easier to mix with a spoon at first until the dough comes together, then you can start kneading. Lightly flour your working surface and knead the bread dough.

Step 3
Place your bread dough in a lightly oiled bowl and stick it in the fridge over night (this helps develop flavour too!)

Step 4
Your dough should have roughly doubled in size by morning. Take it out of the bowl and knead to remove any air bubbles.

Step 5
Cover a baking tin with greaseproof paper and place your dough inside. Leave to settle for an hour or so before baking in the oven on 200 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned slightly, you can lightly dust it with flour if you like!! (my bread took around 40 minutes to bake and you must make sure it sounds hollow when you knock it!!)

Step 6
Enjoy your warm bread! Yummy!!!


x

8 comments

  1. I'm always really nervous about baking bread, not to mention impatient, but this does look simple and I love that you can leave it in the fridge overnight. There's nothing like home baked bread is there? xx

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  2. Thank you for your comment!
    oh definitely not! It's so satisfying eating your own bread! haha! Plus I love warm bread! :)
    Let me know how it turns out if you try it!! :)
    X

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  3. Oh, Fi! More baking treats! You know how to satisfy us!
    Thank you so much for the lovely comments, i'm not used to blogging every day and I just hope i'm not annoying everyone by clogging up the blogger dashboard!!! xxxx

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  4. Haha definitely not! I love seeing your posts popping up on my dashboard!! Thank you for the lovely comment once again! I have a yummy home made pizza recipe coming up soon :)
    xxxx

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  5. Looks good - thanks for the recipe, would love to try it out! My Mum bakes bread sometimes, it's lovely - especially wholemeal rolls fresh from the oven, dipped in homemade soup mmmm :) xxx

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  6. Sounds lovely! That's definite a winter must combination!! Warm bread + home made soup!!!
    x x x

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  7. Thid sounds quite easy. I have been meaning to make bread for a while and this recipe may just be the one I use! x

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  8. Let me know if you try it out!! :) x x

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