Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Give us this day...

I read recently that you can save about £365 a year by making your own bread. That's a lot of dough (sorry). Whether or not you want to save money or feel smug, I urge you to dust off your bread machine and give it a go. It only takes a few minutes to load the ingredients and press the start button - something I can achieve quite easily between breakfast-time arguments. Do it then, and you can be tucking into warm, fresh baked bread by lunchtime. I've been experimenting with different quantities of white and wholemeal flour, salt and sugar and this loaf seems to be universally well-received. It doesn't keep well, so I suggest slicing and bagging it up on the day of baking, then freezing it.

Loaf of home made light brown bread, one slice cut off and buttered
Which side is yours buttered on?

Light brown bread

1 teaspoon easy-blend yeast
150g wholemeal bread flour
350g white bread flour
2 teaspoons sugar
25g butter
1 teaspoon salt
350ml skimmed milk (or use half water, half milk)

Put everything in the machine in the order listed and you will have a large loaf in 4 hours. Perfect with chunky soup, cheese and pickle, or dipped into a boiled egg.

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