Good Basic Loaf

    2 hours 55 minutes

    This is a very flexible base recipe. You can make all kinds of bread or rolls by adding herbs, nuts, cheese, olives, dried fruit or whatever you fancy.

    3 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 340g white bread flour
    • 340g wholemeal bread flour, preferably stoneground, plus a little extra to dust
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 sachet dried yeast, about 7g
    • 450ml tepid water

    Preparation:2hours20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:2hours55min 

    1. Sift the white and wholemeal flours into a large bowl, tipping in any bran left in the sieve. Add salt. Stir in the dried yeast, then make a well in the centre and pour in the tepid water. Using your hands, gradually draw the flour into the water, mixing well to make a dough.
    2. Gather the dough into a ball that feels firm and leaves the sides of the bowl clean; if necessary, add a little more flour or a little more water.
    3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a large, lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
    4. Turn out the risen dough onto a floured work surface and knock it back with your knuckles. Gently knead the dough into a neat ball shape, then place it on a large greased baking tray. Cover with a damp tea-towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size again.
    5. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 220 degrees C. Uncover the loaf and dust with a little wholemeal flour, then make 4 slashes across the top with a small serrated knife. Bake for 35 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when removed from the tray and tapped on the base.
    6. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing. It can be kept for up to 5 days.

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    This was a fantastic recipe for whipping up when extra visitors turned up after Christmas. I added cheese and chives plus an egg to the basic recipe for a delicious loaf that needed nothing more than butter. Served with a light salad it was a tasty simple lunch after all the rich Christmas fare of the past week!  -  30 Dec 2009


    Altered ingredient amounts. 1 cup grated cheese 2 tablespoons dried chives 1 egg  -  30 Dec 2009