Bread is the one thing that holds more importance in the household than any other food item. Badly baked it can ruin even the most scrumptious of sandwich fillings as has often happened to my husband at Subway. So in an attempt to never have bad store bought bread again, I delved into Bread baking myself. As it turns out there is nothing much to it in terms of ingredients but so much in terms of putting them together. Stick to the exact measurements for the best results.
1 teaspoon(s) sugar
25 gms dried yeast
1 cup(s) water
1 teaspoon salt
500 gms plain flour
1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
2 clove(s) garlic (thinly sliced)
• Add the yeast to ½ cup warm water. Add the sugar to it and mix it well. Keep the mixture aside for 5 min.
• Tip your flour onto a clean surface or into a large bowl and add the salt to it.
• Pile it nice and then make a well in the middle.
• Pour the yeast mixture and knead into a dough along with more water.
• Dust a clean work surface and your hands with flour, then knead the dough, pushing and pulling it for about 5 minutes until it’s silky, springy and elastic
• Make the dough into a flat round shape and pop into a floured bowl
• Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hour.
• After the said time the dough would have doubled in size
• Knock the air out of your bread using your fist then lightly flour your surface and knead it again until smooth
• Grease a baking tin well with olive oil and dust it lightly with flour
• Roll or stretch the dough out until it’s the right size for the baking tin and put it in the tin
• Drizzle the garlic cloves with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper and mix and scrunch them together with your fingers
• Scatter the mix over the dough then use your fingers to push the flavours in and make little dimples on the surface
• Drizzle the dough with olive oil, cover with a tea towel then place the tray somewhere warm and leave for 1 hour, or until doubled in size
• Preheat your oven to 220ºC
• Bake in the hot oven for 30 minutes.