Tuesday, 3 January 2012
1 1/2 cups of very hot water. I used boiled water that has cooled in the kettle for 5 mins.
1/2 teaspoons of honey (mild tasting)
1 1/2 teaspoons of yeast (I use hovis)
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of oil (I used olive oil)
1 1/2 strong brown bread flour
plain white flour add as needed
optional: seeds, sesame or nigella seeds
Put water into a pyrex bowl whisk in honey. Add yeast by sprinkling across the top/surface of the water. Cover with a clean tea towel. Leave for approx 5 mins.
Add one and a half a cups of brown bread flour, whisk it into the mixture
Add oil and salt
Add 1/2 plain white flour, mix
Add 1/2 brown flour
Add 1/2 white
mixture should become sticker and harder to mix
from now on add white flour in 1/2 measures until the dough cannot be mixed with your spoon and forms a ball. You should be able to pull the spoon out without the dough sticking to the spoon.
flour your work surface and put dough on the surface. Kneed the dough add flour if the dough is sticky, don't over flour.
In a clean bowl oil lightly and swirl dough in the bowl cover up for 40-50 mins
1st rise punch it down in the bowl, cover again and leave for 40-50 mins
take the dough and kneed again. split your dough into small rolls for your first batch I make 5/6 rolls and a little mini loaf. Take care folding the ends of your rolls under to make them smooth and tidy
Score your loafs to make it look nice. Then egg wash and add seads if desired.
Place on baking sheet on grease proof paper.
Oven should be around 180c and cook rolls for 35mins and mini loaf for 40/50 mins
Tap the bottom of the rolls/loaf and it should sound hollow. You can check bread is not like cakes you won't ruin it but checking!
I mastered this over Christmas and have made bread 9 time so far LOL