A while ago, I went on a bread workshop run by Love Bread in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Love Bread is a community bread project, click here for details. If you live close to West Yorkshire, I would urge you to check them out for the great courses and bread they make.
Since the course, I have been making bread at home at least once a week. I really enjoy it, and it tastes delicious. It is easy and only 4 ingredients are needed. Which makes it very cost effective.
Ingredients to make 1 large or 2 small loaves
500 grams strong bread flour (buy the best you can afford) 10 grams of fresh yeast (or 5 grams dried) 5 - 10 grams salt 300 - 350 grams warm water
I have added a few links to how to videos for kneading and shaping
- Mix all ingredients and knead for 10 minutes.
- Leave to rise for 1 - 1/2 hours
- Shape into 1 large or 2 small loaves
- Leave for the second rise for 45 minutes
- Dust baking tray, add seam side onto the tray. Slash the top
- Bake for 25 minutes at 220 degrees C / 425 degrees F / Gas mark 7 (If you want a crunchy crust, add water to the oven to create steam)
- When ready, tap the bottom of the loaf. If you hear a hollow sound, the bread is ready
- Leave to cool