Midweek Meal: Homemade Bread

Midweek Meal: Homemade Breadfeatured

People are always so impressed when they come for dinner and I’ve made things from scratch that seem hard, but in actual fact are not. So I thought I would let you in on a little secret of mine and teach you how to make bread…from scratch! This isn’t so much a Midweek Meal as something you can use as a basis for meal…like say a salad sandwich!

Now for those of you who have never tried making bread and those of you who just inwardly groaned, fear not for I have a secret! LAUCKE bread flour. You can buy Laucke in Woolies and Coles in pre measured packs it’s simple with easy to follow the directions on the back of the box.

I am going to show you how to spice your bread up a bit with my Rosemary and Smoked Salt loaf.

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You will need

  • 600gm Laucke bread flour
  • 420ml tepid water
  • 1.5 tsp Yeast
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1tsp sea salt flakes (I used smoked salt)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for brushing

Method

1. Now you can do this by hand but if your cake mixer has a dough hook then use that.

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Combine the flour and the yeast* into a bowl, then add the tepid water and mix to create a firm dough.

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Sprinkle flour onto the bench and knead dough*, about 10mins by hand and 6 mins in the cake mixer, until the dough is smooth looking.

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Dust dough with flour and cover the bowl with cling film to prevent it from “skinning”. Keep you dough in a warm place for up to 35mins, if it is a sunny day pop the bowl into the sun and your dough should be doubled in size when it’s ready.

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Flour your bench again and knead to “degas” the dough. Shape your dough as required and place on your baking tray.
Brush your dough with olive oil and sprinkle rosemary and salt over the top. Put your dough on the baking tray back into a warm place and let it rise and double in size again.

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Bake in a preheated Fan Forced oven at 200*C for 25 to 30mins, or until golden. Bread should sound hollow when tapped.

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Serve your bread to guests with a little oil, salt, caramelised vinegar and dukkah. Or enjoy a fresh and crusty slice with some smashed avocado and lemon juice! Yum!

Let us know how it goes, we love to see your take on the recipes! Did you miss our first Midweek Meal? Catch up here!

 

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