I’ve challenging myself to bake bread withou a bread machine. Baking bread is an exact science and I play a bit with the recipes and I’m just going to follow it exactly next time. Today, I’ve baked sunflower seed bread which turned out really well and ciabatta that DB says tastes great but is a bit too flat.
500g strong plain flour
10g dried yeast
400ml tepid water
40ml love oil
I used my K mixx with a dough hook and mixed it on level 3 for eight minutes.
I left the bread to rise after I’d shaped into rolls which is where I went off piste. I was supposed to leave the dough to prove is a large square tub. I would suggest a clean square washing up bowl that you oil before you add the dough.
After leaving the dough to double in size in an hour and a half, tip it out of the bowl, don’t knock back. Cut dough into four oblong loaves, place on a oiled tray and leave to stand for ten minute.
Heat the oven to 200 and bake them for 25 minutes. It will have a crispy crust and honeycomb texture.
My crusty bread was 55p a loaf and I bought the bread mix from Lidl for £1.09 which makes two large loaves.
Ok, I’ve learned my lesson. When making bread, follow the instructions. I made eight ciabatta rolls for 28p. Crusty, no additives and freshly baked.
I keep being asked for gluten free bread recipes, I will get round to trying but I want to get regular bread right first.
So, what do you think? Is homemade bread cheaper?
Love Froogs xxxxx