lulu_lenore (lulu_lenore) wrote in bon_appetite,
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Basic Bread Recipe

this is a really basic bread recipe which is really versatile and has no funny additives. i like to add basil and tomato paste or seeds.
herbs and seeds are added to dry ingredients and wet ingredients like tomato paste should be added just before second proving.

Ingredients
3 1/3 cups of plain/all purpose flour
2 teaspoons/1 sachet of yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/5 cups warm water (don't let it be hot as it will kill the yeast)

Mix together all dry ingredients and stir to have a even mix. make a well in the centre and slowly add water and stir.
put on a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. grease the mixing bowl with oil/butter nad put the dough back in and coat in the oil/butter, cover with a teatowel and put in a draught free place, for 45-75 minutes to prove (rise). once it's doubled in size punch the dough in the centre and knead again for 2-3 minutes. put in a bread tin and cover again and put out again to prove for 30 mins. brush it with water or oil/butter and place in the oven at 200'C/400'F for half an hour. once you take it out of the oven take it out of the tin immediately so it doesn't go soggy.

take a look at my journal if you want more indepth instructions or photos to see the change in dough size after the first proving
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