Baking Bread for Beginners
I learned a few years ago how to finally bake a decent loaf and I thought I would share how to Bake your own Bread for Beginners
It was a few years ago now that I finally found out how to bake a decent loaf. This type of loaf is called Artisan Bread and I was thrilled when finally I got a crusty and tasty loaf that wasn’t like lead !! So I thought I would share the recipe with you
- 360g or 3 cups self-raising flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon Instant or Rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 cups water
The How to Bit
- Start with the yeast activated in 1/4 cup warm water and reduced the water added to the flour to 1 1/4 cups.
- Next, you put the dry ingredients in a bowl, or if you are lazy like me, pop it in the mixer with a dough hook on.
- Mix the water and yeast until it is a gloopy mess – yes it is meant to look like this.
4. Leave in a covered bowl to rise overnight or at least 12 hours. I usually do it the evening before and leave on the counter until morning when I cook it.Put the oven on to 230 degrees C – it has to be hot and put in the
5.Put the oven on to 230 C – it has to be hot and put in the bowl you are cooking it in, they suggest a cast iron casserole dish. I went high tech with Pyrex and yes it worked. As long as it is oven proof, has a lid and is big enough you are good to go.
6. While the oven is heating the fun begins, take the dough out of the bowl. It is still sticky I am not going to lie and you will need a floured piece of baking parchment to plop it on and you will get messy people.
We are not kneading it remember, I am not sure you could knead this sticky mess !!
9.Bake in the oven with the lid on for 30 minutes, take the lid off and cook for a further 15 minutes, and marvel at the wondrous smell of bread in your kitchen.
Now you have Learnt to Bake your own Bread
This is the finished loaf – isn’t it just gorgeous looking and it tastes as good as it looks.
Serve with home-made soup or with jam and you will win so many brownie points with your family and friends. You can use different flavours in your bread, like rosemary and garlic and lemon or cranberry, almond and orange. I haven’t tried this yet but I will be, you can count on it.
If you are looking for more of my Easy Baking recipes you could try these posts
- Try my Easy and Cheap Plum Galette
- Easy Chocolate Fudge cake
- Apple and Plum Pastry Slice.
- Peach Upside Down Cake
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