We’ve turned our hands to something a little different this week.
I LOVE bread.
Door stop sandwiches. Hot toast with melted butter and marmite. Bread and butter dunked in soup….mmmmmmm!…it’s just a pity it’s not that great for the waistline!
Surely it couldn’t be that hard to make a loaf? I also wondered how expensive it would be to bake your own bread, with bread costing anything from £0.80-£1.30 in the shops. So one day last week, we went to the supermarket to get our ingredients ready for our project.
My little man was so keen to take part…he pulled up his own chair and he really enjoyed turning the dial on the mixer. He kept peeking in the bowl to see what was happening, and clapping almost to say “We’re almost there mum!”.
Here are some pictures…
Here is our first loaf of bread!
Warm from the oven we were obliged to see how it tasted…
Here is the recipe…
500g strong white bread flour mixed with 25g butter to make breadcrumb texture.
Add 1tbsp sugar, 1 and 1/2 tsp salt, and 1tsp dried yeast and mix slowly adding up to 320ml of tepid water until combined to make a soft dough.
Knead in mixer for about 5min, then cover with oiled cling film and place somewhere warm to prove for 1hr (I use the conservatory on a nice day, or airing cupboard).
Then knock back the mixture and put in an oiled loaf tin, and again cover with oiled cling film. Place somewhere warm to prove for 30mins.
Then pop the loaf in a pre-heated oven at 200C for 30mins or until sounding hollow when tapped.
In all I think it cost between 45-50p to make…and it’s not really that time intensive. So we have now stopped buying bread for the time being…and I am now on my third loaf!
Loaf no 2…
Loaf no 3…
It has been a resounding success. So now I am confident with the basic loaf…we are going to experiment with rolls, different artisan breads, and CHELSEA BUNS…yummy! I am on a diet…so I’m going to have to exercise bucket loads of will power!
Have a go at making your own loaf. If I can do it I’m sure that you can!
Love from me and my little man x