I get really annoyed when I buy bread only for it to sit in the breadbin and get mouldy. I don’t know why buy I just feel that I need to buy bread in case I’m too lazy to cook dinner so Jules could just make a sandwich or something.
But seldom does that happen.
So this weekend, as I was too lazy to leave the house due to the weather forecast being unpredictable, I made my own bread… and I thought… what was all my grief about? If I need bread, I should just make it!
It’s really easy! OK, it takes ages to wait for the dough to be ready… but once all the waiting is done and you bang it in the oven… the smell and the taste of nice warm bread… heaven…
500g strong white bread flour
1 sachet of 7g quick action yeast
300ml warm water
1tbsp olive oil
> Stir in the flour, salt and yeast in a bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in the warm water and olive oil.
> Mix them together and tip the dough out on a lightly floured worktop and knead the dough for five minutes until smooth,
> Shape the dough into an oval shape and place it on a lightly oiled baking tray. Cover and leave it for 40 minutes or until it double in size.
> Preheat the oven to 220C or gas mark 7.
> Lightly punch the dough to let the air out and reshape the dough. Allow to prove for 30 minutes. Use a sharp knife to make five slashes on top of the dough, dust with flour and bake it for 25 minutes – until the loaf has risen and it sounds hollow when you tap the bottom of the loaf.
> Let it cool on a rack before slicing.
Nothing beats the taste and smell of freshly baked bread… errm… apart from the smell of rendang simmering away… or ayam percik on the BBQ… or Nasi Lemak cooking away…
OK… I’ll stop now.
Oh… here’s Bubba Bee enjoying a slice of my bread