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.
Ingredients: (for 2 loaves)
- 1kg baker’s flour
- 600ml warm water
- 20g salt
- 10g dried yeast
- 1 tblsp olive oil
- Combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Add the water and oil and stir until a dough is formed.
- 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).
- Oil your bowl and place dough back inside and place a damp tea towel over the top.
- Let the dough sit for 1 hour to rise – the dough should have doubled in size.
- Take the dough out and punch all the air out of the dough and then return it to the bowl and cover again.
- Leave the dough for another hour to rise.
- Tip the dough back onto your bench and again punch all the air out of the dough.
- Cut the dough in half.
- Take half and on a lightly floured surface, flatten it out and then roll up tightly.
- Fold each end of the bread to the middle so they overlap.
- Repeat steps 10 and 11 with your second half of the dough.
- Round out your loaves and gently shape into an oval with seams on the bottom.
- Place loaves on a baking tray and cover with a plastic bag and leave for an hour to rise.
- Preheat oven to 250c and place a baking dish on the bottom of the oven.
- Score (cut) loaves on top (1 cm deep) before placing in the oven with a sharp knife.
- Place one cup of boiling water in the dish you’ve pre-warmed in the oven and place your loaves in to bake.
- Bake bread for 10 minutes and then turn down the oven to 180c and bake bread for another 35 minutes.
- Your bread is ready. Tip – the bread is easiest to cut once cooled.
- 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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