Wednesday 20 February 2013

Soft and Crusty White Bread Loaf

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

This recipe is for a Soft and Crusty White Bread Loaf. I had been wanting to bake my own bread for a long time, and I finally got the chance recently. And, I did not regret it. The bread turned out great, and was easy to prepare. I felt good knowing that only a few ingredients went in, compared to the additives in most supermarket bread.
Give this recipe a try - there's nothing like the taste and smell of freshly baked bread! 

A Simple List Of Ingredients:

1. Milk
2. Butter
3. Golden Syrup 
4. Dried Yeast
5. Salt
6. Plain Flour
7. Strong White Bread Flour

Bismillah, let's start!

To start, take 12 fluid ounces warm milk.

Next, take 1 ounce melted butter.

Add the melted butter to the warm milk.

Next, add 1 ounce golden syrup.

Stir until well combined.

Next, take 7 grams dried yeast. This is available in the baking section of supermarkets.

Place the yeast into a large bowl.

Pour in the warm milk mixture.

Stir until the yeast has dissolved.

Add 8 ounces plain flour.

Next, you'll need Strong White Bread Flour, which is available in the baking section.

Add 8 ounces Strong White Bread Flour.

Add 1/2 ounce salt.

Stir to combine.

You will end up with quite a sticky dough.

Using some extra flour, start kneading the dough until it becomes smooth.

Kneading is when you stretch the dough to work the gluten. This is what makes bread soft.
Take a corner of the dough and lift it up ...

.. then press it down and knead at the same time. Keep doing this all the way around the dough.

Until you get a smooth dough. This will take a few minutes.

Cover the bowl with clingfilm for 5 minutes.

Lightly flour a surface, and uncover the bowl.

Knead the dough for 10 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic.

The dough is ready when you press it and it bounces right back.

Place the dough back into the bowl.

Cover with clingfilm.

Place the dough into a warm place for 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.

Take a regular loaf tin, and grease with a little oil.

Lightly flour the tin as well.

Lightly season the surface again.

Lightly knead the dough for a minute or two.

Cut the dough into half.

Roll into balls.

Place both balls of dough into the loaf tin.

Cover with clingfilm.

Place in a warm place again until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7.
Uncover the loaf tin.

Using a sharp knife, slash the dough a few times.
Bake in the oven at Gas Mark 7 for 10 minutes, and the turn the oven down to Gas Mark 4 and bake for 30 minutes.

Once the bread is baked, remove from the tin and tap the bottom with your knuckles - it should feel hollow. If it's still soft, bake in the oven for another 10 minutes.

Once baked, cool on a wire rack.

This bread is great warm with butter, but I have also used it for toast and sandwiches and it is delicious! Try baking your own bread at least once - you won't regret it!

{recipe adapted from bbc food}


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