Easy Bread and a cuppa for a cause


If you are like me the thought of making bread seems like too big of a chore and either use the bread machine or just don’t bother all together.

Well there has been alot of bread talk around of late and it is getting a little chilly here at the moment, so freshly baked bread was a must.

It is a basic white bread recipe, but it’s a good starting point and once you are confident enough you can experiment and add things to it.

Easy Bread and a cuppa for a cause
 
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from Maggie's Table
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 25g fresh or 2½ teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • warm water
  • 1 kg unbleached baker's flour
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 45ml extra virgin olive oil
Method
  1. combine yeast, sugar and a little warm water in a bowl, dissolve and set aside for 5-10 minutes. dry yeast should become frothy when active, if it doesn't froth up, don't use it as it will not be active
  2. combine flour, salt and olive oil in a bowl, add yeast and then add 600ml of warm water and mix to combine. If you have an electric mixer with a dough hook use that and set it on low for about 3 minutes.
  3. turn dough onto a floured surface an knead for a further 5 minutes or until the dough feels tight and the surface appears slightly broken
  4. spray the bowl with olive oil and place the dough back in it and cover loosely with plastic
  5. leave in a warm place to double in size, around 35-45 minutes
  6. turn dough onto floured surface and knead lightly for a few minutes, divide mixture and shape into 2 large loaves
  7. spray tins with olive oil spray and sprinkle a little flour and place loaves in tins and leave in a warm place for a second rise, around 15-20 minutes
  8. preheat oven at 220 C
  9. put loaves in and bake for 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 180 C and bake for a further 20-25 minutes, remove bread from tins and place on oven rack and bake for a further 5-10 minutes to crisp the crusts. If you tap on the bottom of the loaf it should sound hollow.
  10. turn out onto wire racks and allow to cool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are in Melbourne and free on Thursday, why don’t you join Gina for a cuppa at Australia’s biggest morning tea.

I’ll be there showing support and quietly shedding a tear…or two.

Cathie