How to Make -Homemade White Bread:
Wow. I love homemade White Bread, freshly cooked bread. The smell as the bread is cooking just warms the heart and tickles the taste buds. Eating it warm just intensifies the flavour.
Delicious on its own or with your favourite topping and having the fresh home-cooked bread to accompany homemade soup is a perfect match.
Have fun making it and enjoy the fresh taste.
1hour 40 mins
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Summary of the Steps Involved
500g strong white flour
Pinch of salt
1 packet of fast-action dried yeast
300ml warm water
Sieve 500g strong white flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl (don’t forget the salt, it doesn’t taste the same without it)
Chop up into little pieces some cold butter and then add to the flour
Rub the butter and flour together with your finger tips or in a food processor
Empty the contents of fast action dried yeast into a jug and add to it 300ml warm water and give it a stir.
To get the correct warm temperature try 2 parts boiling water and 1 ½ parts cold water to get the correct temperature. (If it is not a fast action dried yeast then follow the instructions on the packet)
Pour yeast mixture into bowl of flour mixture
Mix around with a spoon until it starts to come together then get your hands in there and finish binding it to a dough
Sprinkle some flour onto your work surface area
Place the dough onto the floured work surface area and knead for 10 minutes
Put 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large bowl and spread the oil around the inside of the bowl with your fingers
Place the dough into the bowl
Lightly oil some cling-film and put it over the top of the bowl
Wet a tea-towel and squeeze out excess water so the tea-towel is damp and place it over the cling film on the bowl
Place the bowl in a warm area and leave for 2 hours for bread dough to rise
After the 2 hours remove the tea-towel and cling-film and you will see the dough has risen and may have doubled in size
Knock out the dough – which means give the dough a punch in the middle and you will see it deflate
Remove dough from the bowl and put on a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes
Flatten the dough out to the length of the loaf tin then roll the dough to make a bread shape
Lightly oil a loaf tin
Place the dough with the underside of it at the bottom of the tin so the smooth bit of dough is on show
You can make a couple of marks along the top of dough (optional) so it will have a couple of splits at the top as it cooks
Lightly oil some cling-film and put it over the top of the loaf tin
Put the damp tea-towel on the cling-film over the loaf tin
Leave in a warm place for an hour so it can rise
When the hour is up bake in a pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes at gas mark 8/230°C
You know it is ready as it will sound hollow if you tap in the centre of the underneath of the bread
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