Make your own bread? And why not? Some people dont have access to a bakery or a supermarket while others just love experimenting in the kitchen.
If you have the time and patience and like aroma of bread baking in your home then do try this out. Its easy if you follow the instructions. I made my bread with olive oil and black olives but you can make it plain, whole wheat, grain flour, add nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, dried fruit (cranberries, strawberries etc) you can flavour it with herbs, top it with poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds or cheese…. you can do wonders with a basic bread dough which is what i am going to teach you today!!
FOR A BASIC WHITE BREAD DOUGH
500 grams of white flour
1 sachet (7 grams) of dry yeast
1 teaspoon of sugar
warm water for the dough
1 heaped teaspoon of salt
4 tablespoons of extra virgin pure spanish olive oil and more for brushing
black olives chopped if making the olive oil bread
Put the yeast in a bowl with the sugar and add some warm water to it. Do not add hot water as that kills the yeast. Leave it to become frothy ( about 10 minutes) and then add the salt and the white flour and the 4 tablespoons of olive oil make a dough with some more warm water. Knead the dough well for about 2-3 minutes.
Cover the dough well and leave it in the sun or in a wam place (the kitchen is warm enough, or inside an oven which is not turned on ofcourse) for about 2-3 hours or till it doubles in size.
Once it has doubled punch it down and knead it again well. It should be soft and pliable. Add chopped olives or whatever you wish to flavor the bread with.
Brush a baking tray with olive oil.
Divide the dough into two and shape into loaves. Place in the baking tray and brush the top with olive oil.
Leave the loaves in the oven without switching it on for an hour till it rises again.
Heat the oven to 180 and bake the loaves till they r browned for about 25-30 minutes taking care not to burn.
Cut into slices when hot or cold and eat with your favourite jam, or cheese spread.
This quantity bakes two good sized loaves.
This bread keeps well for a few days if kept in an airtight container.
Here is the link to a video tutorial for you to have an idea…..
This video is just a guideline for you to see the steps on making bread dough,..
Do enjoy ur lovely home made bread !!!