Monday, November 4, 2013

Recipe:: A loaf of bread in an hour

A Homemade Loaf of Bread in under an hour.

A while back I went through a bread making stage, we were regularly having fresh breads. We'd particularly have lots of sour dough with our Winter soups, easy 2 ingredient bread for scrolls and pizza and I also tried a variety of tasty loaves from around the web. This one from Fuji Mama was one of my favourites. 
Rachael's recipe is for 2 loaves of bread in an hour! I've modified it here to just make one simple loaf.

Last Monday night we were having a slow cooked beef casserole and I decided at 4:30pm to bake some fresh bread. Here's my adaptation to make your own last minute loaf... you won't be sorry, especially as it can be made in under an hour! Yum!

What you'll need::
2 1/2 cups plain or bread flour
1-2 Tbsp sugar (or leave it out altogether)
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 Tbsp dried yeast
3/4 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup warm water 

What to do::
1. Mix dry ingredients.  Add oil and water.  Mix for 1 minute and then check the consistency of the dough.  The dough should be very sticky.  If it is too dry, add more water.
2. Mix for 3-5 minutes, until it comes together in a sticky dough.
3. Spray kneading surface with cooking spray and turn dough out onto surface.  Knead dough briefly until it has a smooth even consistency (this will only take several turns of the dough to accomplish). Rachael says not to add flour but I'm a bit of an old school chuck the flour on 'til it doesn't stick. Some days I just use the spray oil but others I feel it's too sticky and need a bit of a dusting with flour :)

4. Shape it as desired or pop it in a loaf tin and let it rest for 15-20 minutes

5. Preheat oven to 180'C (350'F). Slash the top of the risen loaves with a sharp knife. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

We like it hot out of the oven with lots of butter on it! You won't be sorry with this yummy loaf!