I had a very successful bread baking day yesterday. Just a basic white bread recipe but it turned out wonderfully. I don’t have a bread-maker and I don’t really want one either. I have enough gadgets. I want to simplify, to downsize, to go back to the basics.
I am thankful for physical bread (especially with butter) that provides physical nourishment but more so for the Bread of Life!
Basic White Bread
(adapted from a recipe in The Bread by Hand E-book)
Mix Together in a wooden or glass bowl:
- 1/2 TBSP Active Dry Yeast
- 375ml Warm Water
- 1/2 TBSP Honey
- 2 1/2 cups of Flour
Let stand for 10 minutes then add:
- 2 TBSP Sugar
- 1 or 2 TBSP Honey
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3 Tbsp Butter
Mix well and then add an additional 1 3/4 cups of flour. Dump out onto a floured surface and work an additional 1/4 cup flour into the dough. You may need to add up to an additional 1/2 cup of flour depending on the humidity etc. but for today’s I needed less than 2 cups! Knead well then place in an oiled bowl (oil top of your dough too) and covered with a floured towel. Let rise for 1 hour. Give a few quick kneads and then pinch off into 2 loaves. Score top and let rise again for about an hour. Bake at 350 deg F for approx 30 minutes.