A lovely loaf of bread


Ingredients

500g plain flour

1.5 teaspoons of dried yeast

1.25 teaspoons salt

300ml warm water

25 grams of butter

2 teaspoons sugar (for added flavour and thicker crust OPTIONAL BUT REALLY GOOD)

Method

In a large bowl mix together the flour, optional sugar and salt.

Rub in the butter and stir in the yeast (and rub in lard/ shortening if used)

add the water and mix into a soft dough

Kneed for 5 minutes with an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook ORturn out onto a floured surface and kneed well for 10 minutes

Shape the dough and place in a greased 2lb loaf tin or on a baking tray

Cover with a clean damp tea towel and leave in a warm place until doubled in size (1.5 to 2 hours)

Place in loaf tie or on a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven (230C – 450F – Gas Mark 8) for 30 to 35 minutes

Lower the temperature of the oven if it starts to brown on the outside too fast (drop to about gas mark 6)

The fully baked loaf  should sound hollow when tapped underneath

Leave the loaf to cool a bit before slicing into it… I know its hard to resist nibbling the minute it comes out the oven

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