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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

[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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