The best part about baking bread...is the smell, and I love serving it warm with a delicious bean stew or homemade soup. On this occasion I couldn't resist the fresh warm loaf straight out the oven, so had to indulge in a fresh tomato and basil bruschetta.
I am a real novice when it comes to baking bread, but this recipe is dead simple. It makes enough dough for 3 loaves which freeze well. Or you could save some dough for homemade pizza - delicious.
You will need:
- 1 kg bread flour
- 10g sachet dried yeast
- 20g salt
- 750ml ice cold water
1) Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and slowly mix in the water with a strong spoon, then with wet hands fold the mixture till smooth and firm.
2) Cover with plastic and leave to stand in the fridge overnight. The dough will keep for 3 days before baking. There will be enough to make 3 loaves 650g each, but you can also use it for pizza, focaccia or baguette.
3) Put the dough in a flour-dusted cloth and twist and pull to create the desired shape of the loaf. Bake at 200 degrees for 35 mins.