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Basic Bread Recipe [Apr. 22nd, 2009|05:04 pm]
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[lulu_lenore]
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.

Ingredients
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
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[User Picture]From: lulu_lenore
2009-04-22 06:46 pm (UTC)
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
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