This week is bread week on the Great British Bake-Off, and if you are a bit of a novice in the kitchen (like some of us here in Shemazing! HQ), then this recipe will make you feel like you're cooking alongside the GBBO contestants.
So even if the only thing you've cooked in the kitchen is a microwave meal, this easy four step recipe will impress all your friends:
- 500g granary, strong wholewheat bread flour
- 7g dried yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp clear honey
1.Tip the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. Stir 300ml warm water with the oil and honey, then stir into the dry ingredients to make a soft dough.
2. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for five minutes, until the dough no longer feels sticky. If you need to, sprinkle in more flour.
3. Oil the loaf tin and place dough inside, pressing it down evenly. Then, place tin in a large plastic food bag and leave to rise for one hour. It's perfect when the dough has risen to fill the tin and it no longer springs back when you press it down.
4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. With a knife, make several slashes to the top of the loaf, then bake for 30-35 minutes. When risen and golden, tip the loaf onto a wire rack and tap the base of the bread to ensure it's cooked. Leave to cool.
Now, just slather on some butter, sit on your comfy couch and enjoy GBBO!