I have been dreaming of the smells of warm fresh bread in the morning. I needed a recipe that was easy to prepare, few ingredients and fool proof. This one beats all the rest down to only 5 ingredients and tastes so good eaten on its own!
6.5 cups plain flour
3 cups water
1.5 Tablespoons/13 grams Instant dry yeast
2 to 3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
Other optional add-in fillings
Sliced Bacon/Ham, Chopped Spring onions, Almond slices, Sliced onions, Raisins
1. Pour instant dry yeast and sugar into warm water. Let it sit for 15mins.
I warm the water in microwave on High power for 20 secs. Adjust accordingly to your microwave. Water should be comfortable to the touch. If the yeast does not froth in 15mins, wait a little longer, but if it still doesn’t show any sign after 30mins discard yeast mixture, the yeast is dead. Try another batch.
2. In the meantime, sift the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Pour in yeast mixture when it’s ready. Mix well. Let stand to proof for 1-2 hours.
It is a sloppy wet consistency. Once it has risen to 2-3 times its size, it is ready. The dough smells a little like alcohol, which is correct.
3. Prepare Baking tin/ silicon mold. Simply use your hands to handle the sticky wet dough. Punch it down a couple of times and section off into your mold. If you choose to add in other optional fillings, put it into the mixing bowl at this point and mix well with hands before portioning into the mold. Let it rise further for another hour. But if you cannot wait, bake at this point.
For ease of handling, I spread a little oil on my hands.
4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C, Bake for 30mins or until wooden pick comes out dry. Turn it out onto a cooling rack. Let it cool before cutting. Serve. Enjoy! Great on its own!
I have personally made this recipe with great success every time. Oh, except the time I substituted the plain flour with whole wheat flour. Not that great an idea.
Pictured above with optional add-ins: onions, spring onions & bacon bits! Waiting to be baked!