Many of us have dreamt of leading a slower life. We want to stop and smell the flowers, craft things with our hands and prepare our own meals from scratch. It makes sense, doesn't it? We've all been through a lot in the past couple of years, and life doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. Taking care of ourselves is so important.
Baking bread won't be at the top of most people's self-care itinerary, but if you do have the time to pop a loaf in the oven, I would highly reccommend it. There aren't many things that feel as wholesome as eating bread you've made yourself. Why not read on for our simple bread recipe?
500g strong flour
7g dried yeast
20 grams butter
250 to 300 ml tepid water
1) Put flour in a large bowl and rub in butter until the combination looks like breadcrumbs.
2) Add salt to one side of the bowl and yeast to the other.
3) Pour in enough water that a soft dough forms when mixed.
4) Knead the bread dough for 10 minutes until the dough is shiny and smooth and springs back when pressed with your finger.
5) Place in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film.
6) Leave to prove for an hour or more until doubled in size.
7) Sprinkle work top with flour and tip out the dough. Knead the dough for 3 minutes then place in a large bread tin or shape into a sausage and put on a floured baking tray.
8) When the dough has once again doubled in size put in an oven preheated to 220 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes in middle of the oven.
9) When bread is ready to come out it should sound hollow when tapped on the underside.
10) Place on wire cooling tray and try to resist the temptation of cutting into it before it's cooled a little. If not, enjoy with plenty of butter!
And there you have it! This recipe couldn't be more simple, and as you can see in the picture above, it makes a beautiful loaf of bread. If you decide to follow it and make your own bread, we'd love to hear about it over on our Facebook page, which you can find here.