White Yeast Bread

I tried a new bread recipe today and it turned out perfectly with a thin crispy crust and a beautiful soft center. I used sesame seeds and formed it free style. You can make it as a braided loaf, rolls or in a bread pan.

White Yeast Bread
• 2 tsp white sugar
• 425 ml warm water
• 2.5 tsp dried Yeast, or 20g fresh yeast
• 750g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting
• 2 tsp Salt
• 4 tbsp olive oil
• vegetable oil, for greasing
• 1 Egg, beaten
• poppy or Sesame seeds, for the top of the loaf (optional)

  1. In a small bowl, mix the sugar with 150ml of the warm water and yeast and let stand in a warm place for five minutes, or until frothy. If using fast-acting yeast, there is no need to let the mixture stand.

  2. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Rub in the butter and make a well in the center. Pour the olive oil into the remaining water. Pour in the yeast mixture and most of the remaining water and the olive oil. Mix to a loose dough, adding the remaining water if needed, plus extra if necessary.

  3. Knead for about ten minutes or until the dough is smooth and springy to the touch. (If kneading in an electric food mixer with a dough hook, five minutes is usually long enough.) Put the dough in a large oiled bowl. Cover the top tightly with cling film and place somewhere warm to rise until doubled in size. This may take up to two or even three hours.

  4. Preheat the oven to 220C.

  5. When the dough has more than doubled in size, knock back and knead again for 2–3 minutes. Leave to relax for ten minutes before you begin to shape the bread.

  6. Shape the bread into loaves or rolls, transfer to a baking tray and cover with a clean tea towel. Allow to rise again in a warm place for 20–30 minutes, until the shaped dough has again doubled in size. When fully raised, it should leave a dent when you gently press the dough with your finger.

  7. Gently (as the bread is full of air at this point and therefore very fragile) brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds (if using), or dust lightly with flour for a rustic-looking loaf.

  8. Bake in the oven for 10–15 minutes for rolls or 30–45 minutes for a loaf, depending on its size. Turn the heat down to 200C after 15 minutes for the remaining cooking time. When cooked, the bread should sound hollow when tapped on the base. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

LOL, I always dunk it.

Nice Recipe !!! I’ll try to make it also.

I hope you do try it; I am sure you will be happy with the results.