Tried & tested easy white loaf for great results for beginners
40g oive oil
15g dried yeast
750g strong white flour
250g milk / oat milk / water
Utensils / baking equipment
Food mixer with dough hook
2 x Loaf tin measuring circa 27cm (long) x 17cm (wide) x 8cm (deep) one tin lined with grease proof paper
1) Add all ingredients into bowl
2) Using food mixer / dough hook knead for 3 mins
3) Rest for 5 mins
4) Using food mixer / dough hook knead for 3 mins
5) Rest for 30 mins
6) Using food mixer / dough hook knead for 3 mins
7) Shape into a cyclinder and place in baking tin with grease proof paper
8) Cover with other loaf tin inverted (this stops loaf drying out)
9) Rest for 30 mins (until loaf has almost reached top of lower tin)
10) Turn on oven to max (220° fan assist / 240° standard electric / gas mark 9) and leave to heat up for 10 mins
11) Place loaf in oven with inverted tin still on top
12) Bake for 10 mins
13) Reduce oven to 200°C fan assist / 220°C standard electric / Gas mark 7
14) Bake for 15 mins
15) Remove inverted loaf tin
16) Bake for 12 mins
17) Remove from oven
18) Place on cooling rack to cool
A few notes and observations.
I have been using an aluminium tin from a supermarket purchased chinese duck as my loaf tin. By placing the additional tin on the top both during the rising/ proving stage as well as during baking stops the loaf drying out. The other advantage of the loaf tin with these dimensions is that it then fits moist UK toasters perfectly - there is nothing more annoyiing than having to cut the side or top off aslice of bread in order to get it into the toaster.
Prior to placing the loaf in the oven you can make very gentle diagonal cuts across the top of the loaf which makes it more attractive on the eye and adds to the texture. I have also tried lying thin strips of dough over the top of the loaf as well as mixing the flour with 80% (600g) strong white flour & 20% (150g) wholemeal or malted flour.
I will add a few more phtos of this loaf and its variants over the next few weeks
Added by: Charles Hill
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