Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Who Says Bread Making Has To Be Hard

Growing up in a family where My Mum (Cs mum) always made bread i never found it to be too daunting, but as a mother myself now finding time and so forth and making sure the bread is perfect is.
So here are my fail safe favourite bread mix along with a few things you can do to vavavoom your bread into amazing none boring bread...

Firstly start by putting :
  • 7g Dried Yeast
  • 250g Strong White or Wholemeal Bread Flour
  • A Pinch of Salt and Sugar

Into a bowl and add enough warm water to make into a ball of dough.

Now for the best part! Knead/ Punch your anger out, Think of all the first world problems that make your first world lives hard and bash it into your bread, Be grateful for said first world problems as they will make your bread taste amazing!
Do this for 5-10 minute until bread is smooth and bouncy.

Now place back in the bowl and cover with a tea towel, cling flim, a shower cap, a pan lid, anything will do you get the idea! 

Leave for about an hour...I am so impatient, I never leave this long, though longer the better.

Now knead and make whatever you want from it

Let rise for 10-20 mins

Put in oven at 180 (I normally dont look at the dials so anything between 180 and 220)
Cook until done...( I don't really do timings as such I believe cooking should be felt and from the heart so go with the flow and experiment!)

or Alternatively place in Slow Cooker for a few hours until done...

So that is the basics now for the exciting part, flavoured breads, here are a few favourites.

Chocolate and Cherries.

Handful of Chopped Glazed Cherries.
 Bar of Crushed Chocolate. 

****Add before the hour rising time but after making the dough 

Cheese and Pickle 

3 tablespoons of sweet pickle.

handful of grated cheese.


Garlic Bread

Softened Butter
Sprinkle of Parsley 
Few Cloves of Garlic Crushed (Depending on how many vampires you want to keep away!)

Mix together and either put on top or pin wheel the dough with it spread before rolling.

Olive Oil
Herbs (I love Rosemary) 

Roll dough into a pizza shape leave ten min before oven.
Poke the dough with your fingers leaving dent in dough.
Heat herbs and oil until warm.
Drizzle over bread dough.
Sprinkle salt and cook.

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