Bread is a versatile food and a good source of carbohydrates that can be eaten in many different ways. It can be sliced and served with butter or cheese, or used as a base for sandwiches and pizzas. Bread can also be toasted and used as a dipping bread for soups and stews. There are endless possibilities when it comes to recipes that include bread as an ingredient.
Bread making is a skilled process and takes time and practice to perfect. There are many different types of bread, from sourdough to baguettes, so there is a lot of scope for creativity.
If you’re new to bread making, we recommend starting with a simple recipe like our easy white bread. Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques, you can start experimenting with different flavours and textures.
Bread is a great food to have in your kitchen repertoire and we hope you enjoy trying out our recipes!
How to make a bread recipe
- Bread flour – this is a type of flour that contains a higher proportion of gluten, which gives the bread its structure.
- Water – To make the dough, you’ll need to add water to the flour. The amount of water you’ll need will vary depending on the type of flour you’re using.
- Yeast – this is what makes the bread rise. You can use either fresh or dried yeast. If you’re using dried yeast, make sure it’s active by dissolving it in a little warm water before adding it to the dough.
- Salt – this helps to flavour the bread and also controls the activity of the yeast.
- Butter or oil – this is optional, but some people like to add a little fat to their bread dough to make it more tender.
Start by mixing the flour, water and yeast together in a large bowl. If you’re using dried yeast, make sure it’s dissolved in a little warm water before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
Once the ingredients are combined, add the salt and butter or oil (if using). Knead the dough for 10 minutes to form a smooth, elastic ball.
Place the dough in a clean bowl, apply oil in it and cover with a wet cloth. Let the dough rise.
Once the dough has risen, shape it into a loaf and place it on a lightly floured surface.
Place it in the good bread maker and bake the bread for 40-50 minutes. The bread is ready. Let it cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.