1. Bread time
If, like me, you absolutely love bread, then this is for you. There is nothing like the satisfaction or taste of a simple homemade loaf. Some of you may think this takes a long time to make, and is really complicated, but I was absolutely shocked at how easy it was. Also this recipe is super cheap too, which for me is always a bonus. The loaves last about 4-5 days, but is better toasted in the latter part of that.
400g Strong white flour
2 teaspoons of salt
7g sachet of fast action yeast
3 tablespoons of olive oil or sunflower oil
225-250ml tepid water
1. Add flour, salt and yeast into a bowl and combine.
2. Make a small well in the flour mix, add the oil and part of the water and combine together. Add the remaining water a bit at a time, until you get a nice doughy mixture. (It shouldn't be an overly wet dough!)
3. Sprinkle some flour on a clean work surface, and knead the dough until it's a smooth mixture. This should take about 10 minutes.
4. Lightly oil a mixing bowl, and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for about an hour.
5. Knock back the dough in the bowl, and shape into a ball. Place this on a grease proof lined baking tray, and leave to rise for another hour.
6. Once this has doubled in size, sprinkle the top of the dough with a light dusting of flour, and cut a cross into the top of the loaf.
7. Bake for about 25 minutes in the oven, at about 200°C. Check it's cooked by tapping the bottom of the loaf, if it sounds hollow, then you're good to go!