Tuesday 27 March 2018

Recipe: bread

I was looking back and I don't think I have recently posted about my usual bread recipe so here goes.

Ingredients to make one 1lb loaf (I usually double it)
250g strong flour.  It can be white, wholemeal, half and half - your choice)
half tsp each of instant yeast (for breadmakers), sugar and salt
A glug of veg oil
Water:  all wholemeal - 175mls; all white - 160mls; half and half - 165/170mls

Bung it all in a bowl and mix it well.  ip it out and knead it well until it has formed a good, stretchy dough.
Pop it in an oiled bowl, cover with a shower hat or clingfilm and leave in a draft free place until it has doubled in amount.
Get your baking tin ready.  I use (and re-use) liners.

Knock the dough back, shape it and pop it in your tin.  cover the tin with oiled clungfilm or an easy-leave sheet and leave to almost double in amount again.

When it's nearly there, turn the oven to the hottest it will go.

When it have proved, pop the tin into the oven, immediately turn the heat down to 180C and bake for about 30 mins.  When it is cooked, a tap on the bottom of the loaf will sound hollow.

Turn it out of the tin and cool it on a baking rack.  Don't wrap it until it's completely cold or it will go soggy.

And that's it!  Easy.  You need to be around but most of the time you can get other stuff done.  You don't need to hang around watching it.

And it makes the house smell better than the most expensive room spray!

I slice mine and bag it loosely before popping into the freezer so I can take out just what I need.  No need to throw away or have stale bread.


  1. More people need to realize how easy bread is. I baked two loaves yesterday and the loaf I brought to work was very well received and my colleagues were amaze I could bake it myself. Three or four simple, wonderful ingredients and you are set!

    1. Couldn't agree more. Easy, very frugal and nothing more delicious. You can't lose!
      J x

  2. I must have another go at making bread, my conservatory during the summer is a perfect to get a good prove.