Bread is the Don!
The staff of life, the reason for being, the bringer of pleasure and jolly useful for making sandwiches.
I’ll post some recepies, tips and bread science here, but for now just make some.
So you know that bread maker you got for xmas? Put in on e-bay, roll your sleeves up and get started. Follow the steps below to get going.
1 Get your shit together.
you need: some space, flour, water, salt, yeast, salt and arms
o.k o.k you wanna know how much, truth is i very rarely measure anything, but lets say 1lb strong flour, 1/2 pint ish water, 10z yeast pinch salt
2 Mix it up
Get it all together, start with the dry stuff and add the water.
You want to get a sticky mess, by adding the water a bit at a time to the flour.
Top tip It’s easy to add more flour, its really hard to add more water.
keep working it till the dough comes together into one lump, then get it onto the table.
rub your hands together to get all those sticky bits of your fingers!
3 Get Kneading
Work the dough with the heel of your hand pushing it away from you to stretch it out and folding it over.
Try not to add too much flour as it will get drier as you work it. Use just enough on the table to stop it sticking.
Keep going, you are working the gluten in the flour so it forms long chains which will hold the dough’s shape as it rises.
Knead for about 5 minutes then leave to rest for at least an hour in a warm place.
Top tip cut a piece off at this stage and keep it in a bowl in the fridge. This is now your starter or (baby) you can feed it to make the next batch, instead of starting with fresh yeast
When you come back the dough will be risen, hopefully doubled in volume.
Knead it again gently then roughly shape into a ball and leave to rise again.
Get your oven as hot as it will go, if its anything like mine it’ll need 20 mins to warm up.
When the dough has risen again stick it in the oven and cook for about 20 mins. To check it’s cooked tap it on the bottom it should sound hollow.
Wait for it to cool for as long as you can bear it, then scoff the lot!