Although I love baking, I am actually not a big bread maker. I think this is because I tend to be impatient when I create something and usually can’t be bothered to wait for the dough to rise! But a good lesson in life is that usually the best things take time and patience and are worth waiting for. I recently experimented with creating this loaf of white bread and was seriously impressed with the results. The flavour of the bread, along with the texture were really perfect and best of all, it was pretty easy to make.
Along with the smell of the rain, freshly cut grass and chocolate cookies from main street, Disney world, the smell of freshly baked bread is up there with my top favourite smells. It is a great example of voluptuous food, as you can’t get more nurturing then a slice of bread, fresh from the oven with a slither of butter melting on it. It is like a warm hug from your mom.
Save it for baking on a rainy Sunday afternoon, maybe with a little bit of Opera playing in the background?
5-6 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3rd cup white sugar
10g Dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp Maldon salt
- Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and then add the sugar and warm water.
- Stir in the yeast and allow to proof for around 5 minutes until it starts to resemble a creamy foam.
- Mix the Maldon salt and oil into the yeast.
- Sprinkle some flour on a worktop and begin to knead your dough for at least 5 minutes.
- Create a ball shape with your dough and place it in a well oiled bowl. Roll it once to coat it with oil and then cover the bowl with a damp cloth. Allow the dough to rise for just over an hour, until it has doubled in size. (If the weather is cold, place your bowl in a warmer drawer or in a preheated oven with the heat now turned off)
- Now go do something else, have a glass of wine and relax :)
- After an hour and once your dough has risen nicely, remove it from the bowl and knead it for a few more minutes.
- Create one nice long oval shaped loaf and place it on a greased baking tray.
- Leave for another 30 minutes to rise some more.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 175°C for 30-40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, slice, add some butter and enjoy!
Makes 1 large oval loaf