Basic Bread

Simple bread recipe.

Takes 180 mins.

Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets.*

Makes 2 loaves.

Yeast starter
150 ml water warm
20 g fresh yeast
2 tsp sugar
750 g flour
2 tsp salt
275 ml water warm
4 Tbsp olive oil
100 g walnuts or other nuts, optional
Glaze (optional)
1 eggs beaten
1 Tbsp sesame seeds

To make the yeast starter, mix water, yeast and sugar together and mix. Cover and leave in a warm place for 10 mins until it forms a frothy head on top. Mix flour and salt in a large bowl, plus any other ingredients, e.g. walnuts. Add olive oil and water to yeast starter and mix. Add yeast starter to flour and mix. Flour a clean surface and knead for 10-15 mins until it becomes springy. Oil the bowl and put dough back in the bowl. Cover with clingfilm or damp cloth and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size (up to 2 hours). Preheat oven to 200°C. Remove dough from bowl and knock the air out of it. Shape into loaf-shapes and place into floured baking tins. If you wish, you can glaze the bread by brushing the dough with a beaten egg and sprinkling sesame or poppy seeds on top. Bake in the center for 25-30 mins, until golden brown.

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* Dietary flags are set by the recipe's author, and are not verified. Please double-check the ingredients yourself, especially if you have allergies.