Grandma’s Recipe – Fresh Bread
What’s more rewarding than the smell of freshly baked bread spreading through your kitchen?
If you’re not a seasoned baker, don’t be afraid of trying homemade bread! With a little practice, you’ll be well rewarded for your efforts. If the process seems too long and fiddly, take the shortcut route. It still yields beautiful results. And don’t blame yourself if it’s different every time – bread is one of those things that is affected by the humidity and temperature of the day, so keep trying! Very few people can say no to a slice of bread fresh from the oven…
650g bread flour
300ml tepid water
2 t yeast
2 T olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a mix master, Kenwood or Thermomix.
Knead for about 8min, until dough is smooth and elastic.
Place in an oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap in a warm, draught-free environment until doubled in size – approx 45min.
Punch down the dough, knead lightly and shape into desired loaf shape (this qty will make 2 small loaves). Cover with oiled plastic wrap and rise in a warm environment until 3/4 the size you want it to end up. Place in a preheated oven at 200c for 10min then drop to 180 for further 20min. If the loaf is getting too brown, cover with foil to prevent further browning.
Once cooked, tip loaf out of tin and tap on the base. The loaf will sound hollow when Cooked right through. Wrap in a clean cloth and leave on a cake airer to cool.
NB: can be divided into rolls instead. 30g ball of dough gives a small dinner roll, 80g dough gives good sandwich roll size, 100g for a hotdog roll.
The second rise can be skipped if you’re in a hurry – it’s meant to yield a softer loaf but can be skipped with minimal impact on the end result. Just shape your desired loaf or roll size straight after kneading and leave to rise.
Variations: cheese and bacon bread – add some grated cheese and bacon pieces at the end of kneading before shaping the loaf. Sprinkle with extra cheese before baking.
Sweet buns: add an egg to the original mix, and increase the sugar to 60g. Can add cinnamon, sultanas or whatever you wish.