Making bread is not as complicated as people think. The secret is practice.
Once you've done it for a couple of times, it becomes a fun experience. You begin experimenting with all different kinds of flours, bread types and ingredients.
Once you're good at it, and trust me it doesn't take that long, you'll never buy a loaf of bread again!
As the first bread recipe, I'll start with a 50% wholewheat bread. Great rich texture, full of flavor and couldn't be easier to make.
Ingredients (1 Loaf):
- 2 cups White flour
- 2 cups Whole wheat flour
- 10g Yeast (any kind)
- 2 cups Water
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- Start by mixing the dry ingredients (flour, yeast, salt) in a large (non-metal) bowl
- Add the water and olive oil, and mix with a wooden spoon. You need a slightly sticky dough, if its dry, add water, a bit at a time.
- Once everything comes together, get it out of the bowl, and start kneading the dough.
- The stickiness will decrease as you knead it more and more, don't worry!. Knead for 10 minutes of so.
- Cover with towel, or put back into the bowl and cover with a plastic wrap. Let it rest for 3-4 hours! (essential to develop a strong flavor. Don't rush it!)
- Knead for a minute, to get the gas out of it.
- Shape into the desired loaf shape, and put into or over a floured surface (I used a sandwich bread shape)
- Let it rest for 1 hour or so, until it puffs up back again. Cover with a towel (not plastic here)
- Optional: Poke with a toothpick 4-5 times along the loaf, 1 cm deep. (helps keep the shape)
- Optional: Brush with milk, to give it a nicer color.
- Bake at 220 degrees Celsius or higher, in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes (Check after 20 minutes). When you hit the bread at the bottom, it should sound hollow!
- Put it out, and let it rest for 30 minutes (if you can) to cool down, and finish "cooking".