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Friday, December 02, 2011

Homemade Crusty Bread

I made some bread to go with the roasted tomato soup i made in the previous blog post.

Making bread, especially since now with my Kitchen-aid is really quite effortless and i have been successful ever since. so i'm very happy! Making bread just takes time – all the resting… especially since it's not very warm here now (which is good) but the dough rises slowly.


These were good – but i didn't get a crunchy crust. This is a great recipe but i will be tweaking the recipe as i go along to make it even better.


1 cup of warm water
2 1/2 cups flour (either bread or plain flour)
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast


In your mixing bowl, add the warm water, yeast and sugar. Wait till it is foamy to confirm that the yeast is working.

Add in the flour and salt and mix for 5 mins. Always check on it to make sure that you don't overknead. I kneaded it for about 4 mins and kneaded the rest by hand. I perform the window pane test to know when to stop.

Place the dough into the oiled mixing bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave to double in size (about an hour).

Punch the dough down and shape. I'm not too good at shaping yet so my bread doesn't look pretty but it works.

After shaping, place the loaves on a baking sheet and cover and leave to rise for 30-40 mins.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.

Bake for 25 mins till golden brown.

Careful! It's hot!


Nice and fluffy inside!

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