Monday, 15 September 2014

White Sandwich Bread


I decided to try something completely new this week. Bread.

I'm not a massive fan of bread, if I'm honest, but I really wanted to have a go at working with dough and yeast, and basically just wanted to see if I could actually do it.

White Sandwich Bread
500g soft white bread flour
a 7g satchet fast action dried yeast
5g salt
30g unsalted butter (slightly melted)
1 teaspoon golden syrup
325ml lukewarm milk

Method:
1. Put the flour, yeast and salt into a large mixing bowl and mix together well
2. Make a well in the centre
3. Add the melted butter and golden syrup into the well
4. Mix everything together with your hands to make a soft dough (if it feels to dry, add more milk and if it feels to wet then add a little more flour)
5. Leave the dough to rest for five minutes
6. Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it
7. Knead the dough thoroughly for ten minutes until it become smooth and pliable
8. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with clingfilm, allow to rise for an hour, (I left mine at room temperature for 30 mins and then put it in the airing cupboard for 30 mins) it should double in size
9. Punch down the dough to deflate it and turn it out on a lightly floured surface
10. Press out an even, thick rectangle into a 2lb loaf tin
11. Ensure that the dough is pressed in to the corners
12. Put the tin into a plastic bag and leave to rise for a further hour
13. About 10 minutes before the hour is up, pre-heat the oven to 220°C
14. Uncover the tin and bake the loaf for 15 minutes before reducing the temperature to 180°C - bake for 20 more mintues
15. Remove the loaf from the oven, if it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped then it is cooked properly
16. Turn the loaf out and put it on a wire rack
17. Gently rub butter over the top of the loaf to stop the crust going hard

4 comments:

  1. This is something that sounds like I will make a mess, but I can give it a try sometime! Tania xx

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  2. Wow is that a photo of your bread at the top. That's awesome. Bread is a difficult bake. Well done

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    1. It certainly is Kathy :') I was pretty shocked with how well it turned out if I'm honest! Haha! xx

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