I have recently decided to bake my own bread instead of buying it at the supermarket. I just don’t trust the preservatives and other ingredients used in mass bread production.
I really like a soft fluffy bread that is still tough enough to make a tasty sandwich. This is the recipe i’m using at the moment at home:
3 Cups brown stone ground flour
3 Cups white stone ground flour
1 Packet active dry yeast (I prefer the fresh yeast, not always available though)
1 Cup warm water
2 Tbs butter
1 Cup full cream milk
2 Tbs white sugar
1 Tbs salt
Dissolve the sugar in the warm water and add the milk and yeast and stir so the yeast dissolves into the mixture. Leave the mixture in a warm place for the yeast to activate.
Add the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. When the yeast mixture starts foaming, add it to the flour and mix. Just before the mixture forms a smooth dough, add the butter.
Knead the dough for about 10 mins (machine or by hand) cover with cling film or a damp dish towel and leave in a warm place to rise. After your dough has more than doubled in size, knead again for about 3 mins. Divide the dough into 2 loafs (I use a tin) cover with cling film or a damp dish towel and leave in warm place to prove.
Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees Celsius
When the dough has risen above the tin’s level or doubled in size place it in the oven and bake for about 40 mins or until golden brown.