Wednesday, 11 May 2011

a white loaf


i've been having a bit of a non-sourdough moment of late... I made some delightful Hot Cross Buns a few weeks ago which were soft and doughy and they made me yearn for that in a loaf... don't get me wrong, I do love Lucretia and all she brings to my world of bread but sometimes, what you really want is a classic, soft dough, crunchy crust, white loaf... and so I refer you to my WI book of bread by Liz Herbert... I don't think I could get any more classic than their Farmhouse Loaf... and it's remarkably easy to make too, perfect for a first time bread maker...

... I also just found out that a 'white loaf' will be one of the categories in this years Aby Village Show, so it's a good thing i'm getting my practice in early eh?

Farmhouse Loaf

450g strong white bread flour
25g butter
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fast action dried yeast
200ml hand-hot water (the recipe called for 300ml water but i've reduced this slightly and added milk)
100ml milk


- put the flour into a large mixing bowl and rub in the butter then stir in the sugar, salt and yeast.

- pour over the water/milk and gently bring together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.  You should end up with a really soft silky dough.

- place the dough in a large bowl, cover with cling film and let it prove in a warm place for at least and hour or two until it has doubled in size

- knock back the dough for 2-3 minutes, then shape it into a rough oblong and place it into a greased bread tin, cover with a tea-towel and let it rise again for a further 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

- preheat the oven to 230c, score the top of the loaf with a sharp knife and dust with a little flour, bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.  

If you want a really crispy crust, take the bread out of the tin and place it back onto the oven shelf for a further 5 minutes.

eat and of course, enjoy!

24 comments:

  1. Fabulous loaf! I have a breadmaker so I cheat but that looks so impressive. Might have to try it.

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  2. Gorgeous! I wish I had a nice slice of that...warm, right out of the oven, with some butter...mmmm!!!

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  3. Looks beautifully pillowy! How do you get it that lovely even colour . . . is it the sugar?

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  4. thanks Guys,

    @ Marmeduke... not sure how the colour comes about at all... just a hot oven and the sugar I guess?

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  5. Oh, for a piece of toasted farm loaf with just a dab of butter and drizzle of honey ... this looks the perfect breakfast loaf, Dom!

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  6. What a gorgeous site - fresh home made bread! It looks incredibly professional! I bet its nice with that bit of milk too

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  7. If there were a beauty contest for breads this would win - hands down! I'll bet it would make delicious French toast! Yum!

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  8. That loaf looks perfect, Dom! No matter how much sourdough, wholemeal and granary bread we eat, there are times when only a soft white loaf will do - bacon sandwiches, for instance! This really fits the bill for those occasions. I love the white waistline, where the crust has separated - beautiful!

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  9. Nothing beats a good loaf of freshly baked bread - yummy! And the texture of yours looks amazingly soft too, nice work!

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  10. Assolutamente da provare!! E' venuto davvero bene e poi dev'essere di un buono!!
    Un abbraccio e buonissima serata

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  11. Wow....that look very good!!!!!!! Very nice loaf!!! I'll copy this recipe Dom!!!! well done!!!

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  12. I love a good home baked farmhouse loaf. Its the first loaf of bread I ever made and is a regular feature in our home. It fills the house with a lovely, comfy and cozy smell too ;0)

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  13. Nothing like a huge doorstep of a piece with salted butter running down your chin! YUM

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  14. Dom!

    I got this extact same book out of the library just this week- its brilliant! Full of really lovely ideas. I haven't tried the Farmhouse Loaf yet, but thats definately whizzed right up to the top of my list now!

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  15. You've read my mind - just opened the freezer to discover bread stocks at all time low. This looks like a lovely loaf, thanks! (And I still have to post about Luc Martin's amazing ciabatta!)

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  16. This looks like one exquisite loaf of bread. Slice me an extra wide piece, please.

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  17. This looks fab! I could eat a slice right now with best butter and cherry jam. In fact, how long will it take me to bake it...? I'm off to find a loaf tin.....

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  18. looks like the perfect loaf, sent you a DM on twitter Boston may be better sat as driving to kings lynn saturday ?? tweet or email me :-)

    Rebecca

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  19. Oh, yeah, I can almost smell that right now! Awesome. There's nothing better than fresh, homemade bread. I hadn't made any for about a month until a couple of days ago, and I realised how much I'd missed the almost meditative nature of the kneading and the waiting. I'm going to give yours a try this weekend - my kids will be in heaven.

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  20. Sometimes only a white loaf will do..bacon sandwiches for example..and that's a beaut Dom..

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  21. OOh...I'd could just eat a slice with butter and Marmite...!

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  22. I would actually walk over hot coals for fresh baked white bread. Hopefully, it won't have to come to that... I'm impressed, that looks like a good loaf!

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  23. The loaf looks gorgeous Dom. I've been meaning to bake a white loaf for sometime, so hopefully soon.
    Have a nice day.

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  24. amazingly delicious, fresh n tasty..
    Tasty Appetite

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