This is one of Richard Bertinet’s recipes and it couldn’t have been easier! I’ve NEVER made bread before IN MY LIFE, but 2 weeks ago my good friend Jesse told me that he could show me how. Since then I baked bread 5 times at home by myself and they have all worked out GREAT!
This is the loaf I made with Jesse.
18 oz of good bread flour
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt (the original recipe called for 2 teaspoons of salt, but we found it too salty. After reducing it twice (down to 1 teaspoon), it tasted even better!)
2 teaspoons un-salted butter
10.4 oz of water
4 tablespoons full fat milk
Put all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl (including the butter), and all the wet ingredients in a bowl or jug so they mix. Then pour the wets on the dry and mix. If you’re using a mixer with a dough hook (I did), mix it for 2 mins on high and then on low for 10 mins for the needing part.
cover with a clean tea towel and put somewhere warm for 1 hour.
With a soft spatula/scraper type thing (I made one out of an ice cream container lid. Just cut a semi-circle out of it), and flour covered hands (and maybe a bit on the bench. Not too much though or you’ll change the amount of flour in the recipe), get all the dough out of the bowl and “knead” it by smoothing over the sides and pushing it up under the dough. Kind of like your making a ball shape with the top, and stretching the top surface by pulling the sides down and then shoving them back inside the ball from the bottom…..? No more than 30 seconds, really.
Then place the dough in a loaf pan, cover, and leave in a warm spot for another hour.
Start pre-heating your oven (medium heat) at the half hour mark.
Then put it in the oven (without the tea towel) for 30 mins, and your done!
The first loaf I made on my own:
And the second one!
I have always thought bread was a difficult thing to make.
It is soooo easy.
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- frostedpumpkin said: Instead of knocking the bread back by hand (the second kneading) you can use the dough hook for about 30 seconds again. Food Processors were invented for lazy people like me and I just need to find one that washes itself.
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