DIY: Easy White Bread Recipe
Giving up single-use plastic isn’t easy. With supermarkets covering even the most simple things in it, sometimes we’re forced to give up our weekly staples if we’re looking to avoid the stuff. Many supermarkets, bakeries and farmers markets offer high-quality and delicious bread in paper packaging, but often these come with a steep price tag. If you’re looking to keep your costs down but still enjoy a nice fresh loaf, a simple solution is to make your own. The recipe below is easy to follow and doesn’t require any specialist kitchen equipment either. Though time consuming, homemade bread is not only delicious but nothing beats the satisfaction of lifting a crispy, warm loaf out of the oven that you’ve made with your own hands. The recipe below is from BBC Good Food and is a favourite of mine. (Find the original recipe here.)
500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tsp salt
7g sachet fast-action yeast
3 tbsp olive oil
Mix 500g strong white flour, 2 tsp salt and a 7g sachet of fast-action yeast in a large bowl.
Make a well in the centre, then add 3 tbsp olive oil and 300ml water, and mix well. If the dough seems a little stiff, add another 1-2 tbsp water and mix well.
Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for around 10 mins.
Once the dough is satin-smooth, place it in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size or place in the fridge overnight.
Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Knock back the dough (punch the air out and pull the dough in on itself) then gently mould the dough into a ball.
Place it on the baking parchment to prove for a further hour until doubled in size.
Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.
Dust the loaf with some extra flour and cut a cross about 6cm long into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.
Bake for 25-30 mins until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Cool on a wire rack.