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Sun, 10 Mar 2013

I'm back to making bread every day with organic spelt flour.
Take about one pound of regular flour in a bowl. I actually use a little more than one pound because my bread tin is quite long and holds more than a pound. I also mix wholemeal and white flour, about half and half. Use instant yeast from Knights supermarket or similar outlets. You can also use any other dried yeast or fresh yeast dissolved in a little warm water with some sugar For just over a pound of flour I would use about two tablespoons of yeast, here you can see the approximate amount in a yoghurt pot. You can also follow instructions on the side of the yeast packet Add yeast, two tablespoons of cooking oil, a teaspoon of salt, two teaspoons of sugar. You can also add oats, linseeds, raisons, whatever you like to give more flavour. Mix well.
Add warm (not hot) water and knead until the dough is soft and flexible but not sticky Roll out the dough on a floured board and then place in a buttered baking tin Cut some incisions into the top of the loaf which helps it rise evenly and make it look pretty. You can also brush with a little egg and decorate the top with oats, sesame seeds, cornmeal, poppy seeds, whatever. Cover with a tea towel and leave it to rise (about 30mins to one hour or more depending on the weather) Leave it until the dough has risen over the top of the bread pan and put into a very hot pre-heated oven. After 6-7 minutes bring the heat down to 190¡ degrees C and cook for a further 20 minutes (total baking time 27-28 minutes).
Basically you need to take the bread out of the oven when its a nice golden colour and it sounds "hollow" when you tap it with a wooden spoon.

posted on: 10/03/2013 at 08:55 in category: [/cooking] with permanent link

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