Simple White Loaf

I love to make bread, it’s my absolute favourite thing to make. I don’t have a breadmaker like many other conventional kitchens, but I see it as…I have more fun with it. 

The kneading of the dough is a fantastic stress relief, like much of the cooking I do, so I recommend it highly!

This loaf is just the bog standard white loaf, so here’s how to do it.

Ingredients:

  • 500g strong white flour (+ extra for dusting)
  • 7g sachet of fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Up to 350ml lukewarm water
  • A little butter for greasing

Method:

  1. Make te dough by tipping the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
  2. Pour in most of the water and mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until combined to become a slightly wet dough (If too dry, add more water).
  3. Tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead for roughly 10 minutes until soft, elastic and pliable.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball and place into a lightly greased bowl. 
  5. Cover with cling film and place in a warm area, leave to rise for roughly one hour or until doubled in size.
  6. Heat the oven to gas mark 7/220C/fan 200C.
  7. Knock back the dough by tipping it onto the floured surface and pushing the air out.
  8. Mould it back into a ball and shape into a pre-greased loaf tin. Cover with cling film and leave to prove for a further 30-45 minutes.
  9. Dust the loaf with a little flour and slash the top with a knife.
  10. Bake the loaf for roughly 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 190C/fan 170/gas mark 5 and bake for a further 30 minutes.
  11. Make sure it sounds hollow when tapped at the bottom.
  12. Leave to cool on a wire rack and enjoy with soup, make sandwiches or with a nice serving of butter.
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