Neatly sliced white bread.

Simple Home Made White Bread Recipe

Simple Home Made White Bread Recipe

This simple home made white bread recipe will teach you everything it says on the tin. It’s absolutely perfect for everything from sandwiches to croutons to just plain chomping your way through a mound of bread and butter! You might even use it to make a leftover roast beef sandwich or a gorgeous grilled chicken sandwich!

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Introduction

I do enjoy baking. Partially because the finished product is so fresh and wonderful and partially because it really can be quite straightforward. It’s definitely easier than going to the shop. It can just take a little longer sometimes. This simple home made white bread recipe is perfect for making the sort of bread you just want to have in. If you’re looking for something more specialist, you could try my beautiful brioche bun or this wonderful Indian flatbread recipe.

A lot of people who love cooking or baking seem not to get on so well with the other. I understand why. They’re two very different sets of processes. One tends to involve the application of heat and the combination of disparate ingredients. The other involves the combination of ingredients to achieve things we can’t even see.

That, to me, is the thing with baking. When we’re making bread at home, there are a lot of moments of faith. We spent a lot of time hoping things are going the way we want. Before we fully understand how it all works, that means a lot of waiting and wondering. Is the dough rising? How long does it need to cook for? Is it cooked inside? How do I know when it’s finished rising? Is the yeast even alive?

It takes time and practise to get a good feel for those things, but it will come. In the meantime, when you want to make bread at home, you can use this very simple home made white bread recipe to start to get a feel for the processes that go into it. I’ll try to outline a few of the things to look out for and I’ll do my best to explain the how’s and whys.

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About the recipe

People sometimes say that bread at its most simple is the combination of flour and water. That might make you a pretty bland flatbread, but if you want anything more substantial you’ll need salt and yeast. In this recipe, I’ve taken it two steps further. The first, I’ve added a little sugar, to both sweeten the bread and to aid the development of the yeast. The second being the poppy seeds that provide a very simple garnish.

One important thing to note is that I have used plain flour here. Other recipes would probably have you use strong bread flour and they would be quite right to do so. Strong bread flour will rise a little better and have a better developed texture. I’m working with plain flour because it works. It actually works really well. And while it may not quite work as well as strong bread flour, I think it’s important to be aware that when you’re making bread at home, you really can use good old fashioned plain flour to make bread. Strong flour is a plus, but it’s not a necessity. This bread is light, fluffy and delicious even without it!



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Neatly sliced white bread.

Simple Home Made White Bread Recipe

This simple home made white bread recipe will teach you everything it says on the tin. It’s absolutely perfect for everything from sandwiches to croutons to just plain chomping your way through a mound of bread and butter!

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g Plain Flour
  • 300 ml Water
  • 1 Dessert Spoon Caster Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 7 g Yeast
  • Poppy Seeds

Instructions
 

  • Sift the flour into a large bowl and mix it with the yeast, sugar and salt
  • Add the water and mix well
  • Remove from the bowl and knead to form a soft, springy dough
  • Clean the bowl, oil it and put the dough back in, allowing it to prove for an hour or until doubled in size, covered by a wet cloth
  • Collapse the dough and shape into a ball. Shape firmly.
  • On a sheet of baking paper on a tray, leave covered to prove for a further half an hour
  • Pre-heat an oven to 200c
  • Scatter poppy seeds over the loaf and make crisscross slices in the top
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes

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