THE STAFF OF LIFE

June 2, 2009

DSC_0005Do you make your own bread?  John and I do, and it oftens gets  comments at breakfast when guests have toast, butter and homemade marmarlade, after fresh fruit and a cooked delight.    We have been asked many times how we make it so thought you might like our recipe.   We go to the local mill to collect the flour and buy in decent sized quantities.

Either of us makes the bread, whoever is available when the need arises but we use the same basic recipe and where as I make up half for two loaves and then another two, John makes the full mix and gets four loaves – his hands are bigger than mine!

So the recipe for 4 loaves is:

750 g wholemeal flour and 750 g strong white flour

1 packet dried yeast      3tsps salt

4 tbsps olive oil                34 fl oz warm water (approx. depending on the flour)

 

Put first four ingredients into the Kenwood mixer, and then add the oil and finally the warm water.   Set the mixer going slowly and build up the speed for about 3 minutes.  Remove the mixture and knead by hand for a further 3 minutes.  ( this can all be  done by hand if you do not have an electric mixer).

Cut into 4 equal amounts and knead into shape, make some cuts on the top of each and place in well greased loaf tins.

Leave to prove for one and a half hours in a warm place, until doubled in size

Turn the oven up to 220 c for 35 minutes.  Take out the bread and cool on a rack.  The bread should sound hollow when tapped underneath.

Good luck – obviously you might need different timings in your oven but after a couple of goes you should reach perfection!

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