|Basic Bread Recipe
||[Apr. 22nd, 2009|05:04 pm]
this is a really basic bread recipe which is really versatile. i like to add basil and tomato paste or seeds.|
herbs and seeds are added to dry ingredients and wet ingredients like tomato paste should be added just before second proving.
3 1/3 cups of plain/all purpose flour
2 teaspoons/1 sachet of yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/5 cups warm water (don't let it be hot as it will kill the yeast)
Mix together all dry ingredients and stir to have a even mix. make a well in the centre and slowly add water and stir.
put on a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. grease the mixing bowl with oil/butter and put the dough back in and coat in the oil/butter, cover with a teatowel and put in a draught free place, for 45-75 minutes to prove (rise). once it's doubled in size punch the dough in the centre and knead again for 2-3 minutes. put in a bread tin and cover again and put out again to prove for 30 mins. brush it with water or oil/butter and place in the oven at 200'C/400'F for half an hour. once you take it out of the oven take it out of the tin immediately so it doesn't go soggy.
take a look at my journal if you want more indepth instructions or photos to see the change in dough size after the first proving
Honestly, I am way to lazy to knead the bread. I picked up a trick from Julia Child a number of years ago. She had reviewed a number of bread makers and decided that she didn't like the bread it made, but thought that it was great for making the dough. Since we got a breadmaker as a wedding gift, when ever I want to make bread, that is what I do. Make the dough using the dough cycle, pull it out of the bread maker when it is done (and punch it down), use a loaf pan, braid it and put on a cookie sheet, whatever, and let it rise the last time and pop it in the oven.
No mess, no fuss, no sweat :D. The dough cycle can be used for pizza crust too!
i originally considered for quite some time to purchase a bread maker, for kneading as well as proving since its pretty damn cold in my apartment. but i have to say, i've been baking a loaf every two days or so for the last two weeks and kneading takes ten minutes for the first go and 5 at most for the second go. its also a good way to get all that shoulder tension i get from having to contend with bothersome people who call me to ask whether i'm happy with my current electricity provider.
(the post-proving punch is my favorite bit)
although i also considered a bread maker as the newer ones make pasta dough and i'm itching to have a go at making pasta. haven't decided though if home made pasta works out cheaper than buying it premade or not