Friday, March 2, 2012

The Easy Way to Bake Bread

Ever wanted some fresh baked bread, but don't know a recipe? Well our friends the supermarkets have come to your aid with pre packed bread mix. All of the major supermarkets are doing it and the packs have a shelf life of a few months. All you do is add water and follow the instructions on the pack. Each pack contains all the ingredients, including the yeast, so you don't have to hunt around for them. Each pack handily files a one pound loaf tin.

Here is how the process works for Tesco's version:

  • Tip the mix into a large mixing bowl retaining some for flouring the board later.
  • Add 325ml of warm water.
  • Mix to a dough (a table knife is ideal for this).
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
  • Leave to rest for five minutes.
  • Knead the dough for two minutes.
  • Shape into a ball and leave for five minutes.
  • Grease a loaf tin or baking tray.
  • Shape to fit the tin or the shape of loaf you want to make on the baking tray.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and leave for 30 to 40 minutes to rise to double the size.
  • While this is working put the oven on at 230 degrees (gas mark 8).
  • Uncover the dough and give a dusting of flour or brush it with salt water.
  • Put in the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown (small rolls will be be quicker).
  • Knock the load out of the tin and leave it to cool across the top of the tin or on a wire rack.