There’s nothing better than the smell of baking bread wafting around your house, and the recipe for bread is so nice and easy that we’ve included our own suggestions for giving your loaf a delicious kick.
- 680g strong bread flour – 2 tsp good rock salt
- 1 sachet (7g) dried yeast – 50ml oil (olive, vegetable or walnut)
- 50ml honey or syrup – 1tsp of cinnamon, ginger or allspice
- Mix & match: chopped nuts, whole nuts, seeds, raisins, prunes, apricots or bran
In a large bowl mix yeast, salt, spices, nuts, currants and flour – for best results, use a mixture of white, whole meal, granary & spelt.
Fill a measuring jug with ¾ pint warm water and add the oil and honey/syrup – stir to dissolve. Pour over the dry mix and begin hand-mixing to form dough.
Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead. Plant your feet solid to the floor and in a rolling motion bring the dough towards you with your right hand and push away with the heel. Repeat for 5 mins, switching from right hand to left. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with cloth and leave for at least 2 hrs.
Tip the risen dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 2 mins. Cut in half and place in floured bread tins. Leave to prove again for 1hr, and bake at 180 degrees (pre-heated) for 25 – 30 mins.
Knock the bread out of the tins and return to the oven for a further 5 mins, or until the loaf sounds hollow to knock. Enjoy!