tis a season to be baking, falalala la la la la… Blessed Christmas & Happy New Year!! how are you enjoying the festive season this year?
i found this bread recipe online and have been happy baking my own bread for a few times now. it’s sooooo easy i couldn’t believe it at first. this recipe fits my schedule as a SAHM perfectly; little mess (so i don’t have a lot of washing up to do) and little time (not more 15mins work on it). check it out.
3 cups of bread flour/all purpose flour (bread flour is preferred as it has higher gluten)
1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
warmish water (too hot and you’ll kill the yeast, too cold you won’t activate the yeast)
1/2 teaspoon salt ( or as much as you prefer, i usually like my bread a little more salty)
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
Other Optional Ingredients would be Wholemeal flakes, seeds, nuts, raisins… etc.
1. MIX all dry ingredients together in a big bowl. I mix mine in a cooking soup pot so that i can use the cover to cover it instead of a cling film or wet towel later on. Best tool to use for stirring would be a big wooden/plastic fork.
2. Slowly ADD in Water; STIR until all ingredients become a ‘shaggy’ dough. NOT too much water until it becomes a batter, but it is still OK if the dough is slightly more wet.
3. COVER – for 4 hours to let the yeast work; for the dough to rise. no less than 4hours, it’s OK if it’s more.
**4. After the dough has risen, PREPARE the baking dish. i lay it with a sheet of baking paper and turn on the oven. Set it to 180*C. then, remove the dough and with your hands, mash it ONCE, shape it and place it into the baking dish. This is the time to add any nuts or seeds or raisins or garlic on the dough.
**5. Let it REST for another 30mins.
note: ** important points
6. Put dough into oven and BAKE for 20 – 25mins covered. if you prefer a more crispy crust, bake uncovered for 5 more mins.
that’s it. hopefully your’s came out as good as mine did with my 1st try. Happy Baking!