One of my goals for 2019 is to learn how to bake bread. The hubs and I have been watching all of the Great British Baking Show and so I have a few new food goals thanks to that show. I’ve made this twice and it came out pretty great both times. The first time it was just slightly under baked and I know that thanks to Mr Paul Hollywood of the Great British Baking Show. The second loaf was pretty close to perfect. It really is a very easy bread to make.
450 grams strong white bread flour
5 grams fast action dried yeast
7 grams fine sea salt
350 milometers water from the cold tap
1 In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour and yeast then whisk in salt. Make a well in center of dry ingredients and pour in water. With the paddle attachment of your mixer on low, mix until it becomes a very soft, sticky dough. After it comes together, mix for 1 additional minute.
2 Cover bowl with cling wrap or transfer dough to a bowl with a lid and put in fridge. Leave for at least 6 hours but preferably overnight, no longer than 24 hours.
3 Flour hands and shape dough into a ball. Place dough ball on floured parchment paper. Dust top with flour. Cover with large bowl or cling wrap and let sit for 2 hours at room temperature.
4 Towards the end of the 2 hours, heat oven to 450. Place empty roasting pan on bottom rack of oven and baking sheet or pizza stone on shelf above.
5 Make 5 deep slashes across top of dough with sharp knife dipped in flour. Slide parchment paper with dough on it onto baking sheet/stone. Pour jug of cold water into roasting pan and quickly close oven door. Bake 30 – 35 minutes until it is a rich golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
recipe from The Great British Bake Off Perfect Cakes and Bakes to Make at Home