Homemade bread is tastier, cheaper and healthier than store-bought bread. Plus, making bread couldn’t be easier – all you need is a few basic ingredients that you might already have in your cupboards, including flour, water, yeast and salt. For some tips on how to make bread at home, we’ve partnered up with Springvale Foods, UK fine foods wholesaler, who stock a variety of flours perfect for any type of cooking and baking.
Why make bread at home?
First of all, why should you make bread at home? A question you might be asking. There are many reasons why you should make your own bread, starting with the points we mentioned at the beginning – it’s tastier, cheaper and healthier. How is homemade bread healthier? As this article on A Couple Cooks explains, “homemade bread has no additives or preservatives.” Plus, by making your own bread you can choose all the ingredients that go into it, so if you have a specific allergy or food requirements, you can easily adjust the recipe to meet your needs.
What bread flour to choose?
As DIY Daddy Blog says, “Flour can completely change the type of bread you make, so it’s important to choose the right flour to make the most wonderful loaf.” Do you want to make white sandwich bread? Go for unbleached all-purpose flour. Do you want to make a rustic loaf? Choose a standard bread flour.
We would recommend going for a good quality flour that is made with nothing but the best ingredients. Sparkles and Stretchmarks vouches for Wessex Mill Flour, which can be found at the Springvale Foods website. In a recent article, Sparkles and Stretchmarks commented, “The variety of flour by Wessex Mill Flour is incredible – from wholemeal bread flour to seed bread flour and even tomato and garlic bread flour.”
Easy bread recipe
As we mentioned before, all the ingredients you need to make a standard loaf of bread are water, flour, yeast and salt. Once you are comfortable making bread, you can start adding different ingredients to your basic bread recipe to create one-of-a-kind loaves. To get you started in your bread-making journey, we have put together a simple bread recipe.
– 500g bread flour
– 250g water
– 10g fresh yeast
– 10g salt
- Preheat the oven to 220C. Place all ingredients in a bowl. Mix all ingredients together until forming a slightly sticky dough. Sprinkle your work surface with flour and place the dough on top of the floured surface.
- Knead the dough until it becomes soft. Place it in a floured bowl for around 30 minutes. Then, place it once again on your floured work surface and knockback the dough – this is done by pushing the air out and bringing the side of the dough into a tight ball. Once you’ve done this all around your, leave it to rest for 15 minutes.
- Knockback the dough again, and then mould it into your desired bread shape. Place it inside a plastic bag on a tray or tin and let it rest for around 30 minutes.
- Time to bake it. Place it in the oven for around 30-35 minutes.
If you are making your own bread to serve at an afternoon tea party, make sure to check out Janine Juldie’s finger food sandwich ideas. From avocado egg salad sandwiches and turkey and cheese sandwiches to kid’s club sandwiches and strawberry shortcake sandwiches – savoury and sweet sandwiches that all your guests will adore.