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I bake my own bread everyday using an oven, not a bread machine and it’s so yummy.

Homemade bread can also be made cheaper than buying bread at the bakery.

Bread recipe

Ingredients: (for 2 loaves)

  • 1kg baker’s flour
  • 600ml warm water
  • 20g salt
  • 10g dried yeast
  • 1 tblsp olive oil

Method:

  1. Combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add the water and oil and stir until a dough is formed.
  3. Tip your dough onto your bench and knead your dough until soft and smooth and no longer sticky, this should take about 10 minutes. (If you have a mixer with a dough attachment, your kneading can be done in this).
  4. Oil your bowl and place dough back inside and place a damp tea towel over the top.
  5. Let the dough sit for 1 hour to rise – the dough should have doubled in size.
  6. Take the dough out and punch all the air out of the dough and then return it to the bowl and cover again.
  7. Leave the dough for another hour to rise.
  8. Tip the dough back onto your bench and again punch all the air out of the dough.
  9. Cut the dough in half.
  10. Take half and on a lightly floured surface, flatten it out and then roll up tightly.
  11. Fold each end of the bread to the middle so they overlap.
  12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 with your second half of the dough.
  13. Round out your loaves and gently shape into an oval with seams on the bottom.
  14. Place loaves on a baking tray and cover with a plastic bag and leave for an hour to rise.
  15. Preheat oven to 250c and place a baking dish on the bottom of the oven.
  16. Score (cut) loaves on top (1 cm deep) before placing in the oven with a sharp knife.
  17. Place one cup of boiling water in the dish you’ve pre-warmed in the oven and place your loaves in to bake.
  18. Bake bread for 10 minutes and then turn down the oven to 180c and bake bread for another 35 minutes.
  19. Your bread is ready. Tip – the bread is easiest to cut once cooled.
  20. You can use 20% rye or wholemeal flour for a healthier version. (If you incorporate more than 20%, you will need more water).

Do you bake your own bread? Do you have any tips or tricks to add? Please SHARE in the comments below.

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  • wow to bake this everyday sure says a lot! sounds like a great recipe

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  • I have done this before, it is great fun :)

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  • Thanks for posting this recipe – I’ve been interested in trying to get into baking my own bread but it always seemed so difficult to start with it.

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  • I love bread, all types of bread. However, it is now so readily available in all its forms that I find it easier and cheaper to buy from Bakers Delight or Coles Bakery section.

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  • This sounds wonderful. The whole family will love it.

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  • This recipe requires less kneading than some others. Step 17 allows the crust to become crispy. I wonder if you can make brown bread with this recipe.

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  • Can this create other shapes and sizes too? Thinking ‘no’, but wondering about smaller rolls and/or having each family member make their own creative bread shape!
    If it’d work does it need a different way/time/heat for cooking?

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  • But you need to knead this bread – that’s the hardest part!

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  • Thank you! will try this!!!!!

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  • Great Recipe going to try it soon and add some hot olive oil when its heated yum : )

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  • We eat so much bread and i have been wanting to make my own for ages but always felt it would be a massive task and i would need a machine or special tools but looking at this recipe it seems like it can definitely be done! Thank you

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  • Can’t wait to try this love my bread

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  • I used to make my own bread years ago. We don’t eat enough of it now to warrant it.

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  • Thank you. The recipe I used last time didn’t work as well as I would have liked. This looks like it will work better

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  • Usually make my own bread but in the breadmaker on the timer device so its ready for me first thing in the morning. Lovely smell to wake us up too.

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