Sunday, 19 June 2011

Daily Bread !

I love fresh artisan bread, I would dearly love to have enough time every day to make fresh bread. Instead I make do with buying good bread when I see it or making my own. At last weekend's Food show , I got chatting to a representative from Clitheroe Food Festival , she recommended the "Michel Roux" Sandwich bread loaf recipe as a quick and easy recipe. So hear goes.

Ingredients

  • 20g/1oz golden syrup
  • 25g/1oz melted butter
  • 350ml/14fl oz warm milk
  • 10g/½oz yeast
  • 250g/8oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 250g/8oz strong bread flour
  • 10g/½oz sea salt

Method

Stir the golden syrup and melted butter into the warm milk until well combined. Stir the yeast into the warm milk , until dissolved.


Add the remaining ingredients and mix until a smooth dough forms. I used my mixer to knead the dough or you could do this manually until dough is smooth and elastic.


Return the dough to the bowl, cover with cling film and place into a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has nearly doubled in size


Meanwhile, grease and flour a 12cm x 20cm/5in x 8in bread tin.


Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface again and knock back a few times. Divide equally into two pieces and shape into balls. Place the dough balls side by side in the prepared bread tin, cover with cling film and set aside to rise again, until doubled in size.


Preheat the oven to 220C/410F/Gas 7.


Using a sharp knife, slash the dough a few times and place into the oven immediately. After 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and bake for a further 30 minutes, or until the bread is golden-brown. To check if the bread is done, remove from the tin and tap the bottom with your knuckles – it should sound hollow.


Leave the loaf to cool on a wire rack.

1 comment:

Linzi said...

This turned our rather well , slightly sweet but well risen and with a lovely crumb structure

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