As my friends would know one of my favourite sayings in life is 'Bread is Not Your Friend' as someone once told me bread is almost impossible to digest for some people and I have a feeling I'm one of them people.
I try as much as possible not to eat bread and as I'm on a health kick I'm also trying to cut back on snacking particularly with chocolate. So on Friday when I was off work I was craving chocolate and thinking about baking cakes but I decided to go for a slightly healthier option and bake some bread.
I have tried this recipe a few times and it started life as a Hairy Bikers recipe from the BBC Food website, Which I must say has to be one of the best websites for recipes. You can check out the original recipe here but this is how I do it.
You will need
500g Strong White Bread Flour
1tps of Salt
30g of Butter
75ml of Milk
2tps of Dried Yeast
225ml of warm Water
To start place the flour into a large mixing, add the salt and yeast mixing it in well.
Add the butter to the mixture in small chunks making sure that it is softened to make life easier. Mix by rubbing the butter and flour mixture between your figures and thumb like your would make bread crumbs. The mixture should resemble bread crumbs but not as wet or rough.
Next add the warm milk and water bit by bit mixing with your thumbs and fingers until it resembles something like this. A tip to make this slightly less mess is to only use your fingers and thump to mix at this stage trying not to get any mixture on the palms of your hands. To remove any sticky bits once your happy its mixed well is to rub your hands with a very small piece of dough your not planning on using.
Flour a hard flat surface and need the dough with the palms of your hands folding it over as you work it for at least 20 mins. You are looking for the dough to become smooth and elasticated, if you need to when your working the dough you can add a little more flour if you feel it is to wet but be very careful not to over do it.
|Step Three & Four|
Now that's the hard work done, you need to leave the dough in the bowl and cover with either a damp tea tower of cling film. I use cling film and leave for around an hour and a half until the dough has doubled in size. It should look something like this.
This is when you can separate the dough into your eight rolls and I cut the top to add a little extra crispness. Next cover the rolls again like you did before with cling film or a damp towel and leave for an hour.
This is what you should end up with, don't worry about them being perfect just make sure they have enough space in the tray or you will end up with more tear and share.
To bake preheat the oven to 220C making sure its properly hot before you put the rolls in for 8-10mins. Make sure you keep an eye on them as within seconds they can burn but resist temptation to open the oven unless you think they are ready.
I love making bread there is something very therapeutic about it, plus if I am trying to force myself to stay in on a day off and to not spend any money you can pick up most of the ingredients very cheaply. There is also something very satisfying about making bread, working hard to need the dough and getting to enjoy your hard work.
Thanks for reading I hope you get chance to try this for yourself