Simple White Bread

Simple White Bread madebyjayne.com

The #TwelveLoaves theme for January is all about a clean slate and keeping things simple. The perfect theme for January. I’ve tried a couple of loaves for this months challenge and had a little trouble,  the trouble was I was trying different whole grain flours. I think I was trying too hard, often something I suffer from! So out of the blue I bought some white bread flour, much to my husbands disappointment our house went wholemeal years ago!

I had much better success with this loaf! For the first time I made a soft, fluffy loaf of bread! It’s a perfectly simple loaf, and very well-behaved, rising as it should do even on a cold day. I often have raising issues when making bread, my house never seems to be warm enough. Needless to say my husband loved this simple white loaf, thus confirming his opinion that there is no bread better than white! I will be trying this recipe with wholemeal flour though, I’m determined to find a good loaf made with a whole grain flour!

Simple White Bread (inspired by Gennaro Contaldo’s recipe for basic bread dough in his book Passione)

  • 500 grams strong white flour
  • 1 tsp quick/easy bake yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 300 mls water
  • A little corn meal for spreading on the baking tray
  1. Put the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl. Mix until it all comes together to form a dough the knead for about  minutes. I use my stand mixer for this job.
  2. After the five minutes knead, form the dough into a ball put back into the large bowl and cover with cling film. Leave somewhere warm to rise for 1 hour.
  3. When its risen to double its original size knock the air out of the dough, form into the desired shape, (I just made a flattish ball) and place onto baking sheet that’s been lightly sprinkled with cornmeal.
  4. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise for a further hour.
  5. Bake on the bottom shelf of an oven preheated to 240 C, 475 F, Gas 9 for 25- 30 minutes. Its ready when you tap the bottom of the loaf and it sounds hollow.
  6. Cool on a baking rack.

To see what others have baked in the monthly #Twelveloaves challenge see Lora’s blog Cake Duchess

TWELVE-LOAVES

About these ads

, , ,

  1. #1 by Wendy Read (@Sunchowder) on January 28, 2013 - 20:00

    Ya just got a live a little sometimes :) I love white bread myself, especially sourdough :)

    • #2 by Jayne on January 29, 2013 - 11:48

      I agree! I aslo really do like white bread even if I try to convince myself otherwise!

  2. #3 by laura_howtocook on January 29, 2013 - 23:07

    Same here Jayne, I love white bread but feel so guilty making it. I need to stop it! I know what you mean, sometimes we all try to hard and forget abut going back to basics. A perfect loaf with some of your lovely marmalade!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 569 other followers

%d bloggers like this: