How to Bake Bread

How to Bake Bread

30 Sep 2013

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STEP ONE
Place the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. Combine 163ml warm water with the oil and stir into the dry ingredients to make a soft dough.

STEP TWO
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, until the dough is firm and smooth.

STEP THREE
Oil and flour a bread loaf tin and put the dough inside, pressing it down evenly. Place a damp cloth over the top and leave aside to rise for 1 hour, until the dough has almost doubled in size.

STEP FOUR
Heat your oven to 200C, or 180C for ovens with a fan. Make several slashes across the top of the loaf with a
sharp knife and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the loaf has risen and is crisp and golden.

STEP FIVE
Take the bread out of the tin and place it onto a cooling rack. Tap the base of the bread, it should sound hollow, which will tell you it is cooked. Leave to cool before serving. 

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