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Homemade Wholemeal Bread

I made some wholemeal bread the other week - it came out really well so thought I’d put the recipe up here. I used Dove’s farm’s traditional homemade bread recipe (the recipe below is taken from this link but I’ve added in a few of my own comments!)

Ingredients:

  • 500g Strong Wholemeal Bread Flour
  • 1 tsp quick Yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 350ml lukewarm/tepid water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • oil, for tin

    1) Rub some oil around the inside of 1kg/2lb bread tin. 2) Put the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt into a large bowl and mix them together. 3) Stir in the water and oil 4) Using your hands gather everything together into a dough. 5) Knead dough for 100 presses in the bowl or on a surface –> The dough is quite sticky but the recipe says to avoid adding anymore flour! 6) The recipe says to cover the dough bowl with a large upturned mixing bowl and leave it in a warm place - I just left it in a bowl with a damp tea towel over. 7) Wait for the dough to double in size - this will take about an hour. 8) Knead the dough for another 100 presses on a worktop. 9) Shape the dough and put it into your tin. 10) Cover the tin and leave it to rise in a warm place for 40 minutes. 11) Pre-heat the oven to 200℃ (fan) or 250℃. 12) Uncover and bake the loaf for 40-45 minutes. 13) Turn the bread out of the tin, tap the base and if it sounds hollow, the bread is cooked. 14) Leave to cool on a wire rack.

This recipe worked so well!! I got a really nice crust and flavour which I was surprised about because I haven’t made bread in ages. I really enjoy making bread and aim to do it more but it requires a bit of care and attention i.e I can’t just go out and forget about the dough rising, so I don’t make it that often. The next thing I want to try is a sourdough starter - sourdough is one of my favourite types of bread so I’ve been meaning to do this for ages! Watch this space!