I can’t believe it, I’ve actually made bread. Successful, soft bread. No egg, no baking powder or bicarb, just luck I guess…or a bit too much research into the science of bread. I made the dough in the morning, and kneaded it again at 3pm, and then put it in the oven at 5.30pm. It fit right into my uni schedule. It tastes great aswell, because it has mustard and herbs in it which gives a salty flavour. What really upset me is that I was gonna make this in my food processor, but it broke halfway through. DAMN YOU KENWOOD. Upon complaining about it to my sister, she pointed out that “Jessica, a lot of the people you write for don’t own food processors anyway, so it’s good to not have it for a while”. And, judging by the success of this bread, if I can do it without a food processor, so can you.
Anyway, this is something that involves patience. And don’t give up halfway through, otherwise it wont work.
Ingredients-serves a roll enough for 1 person
–1 cup of flour
-1 7g sachet of yeast
-1 tsp herbs
-1/4 cup of warm water
–Mix together the dry ingredients, bar the mustard and the herbs.
-With a fork, slowly add the water, trying to blend together the ingredients into a dough, once the fork proves redundant, start to add the mustard and herbs and use your hands.
-The dough should be sticky, but tough. Form into a ball and turn out onto a floured surface and start to knead. Kneading involves bring the edge of the ball from the back and folding it towards you. Then turn the dough 90 degrees clockwise, and do the same thing again. Do this for about 4-5 minutes. The dough should still be sticky.
-Put the dough in a clean bowl, and cover in cling film. Store in a warm dry place, I put mine in the cupboard next to the boiler.
-After at least an hour (I left mine for 3), or until the ball has doubled in size, turn the dough out onto a flour surface and flatten with the heel of your hand to flatten the bubbles. Knead a bit more for 4 minutes. Place back in bowl and re-cover with cling film. Leave to prove for another hour +.
-Once the dough has risen again, put into an oven pre-heated at 200 c. and form into a shape of your choice. Place on a greased baking sheet/tray and cook for 40 minutes-hour (or until it looks ready!).