Simple White Loaf
As stated in a past blog[LINK]. I am taking things back to basics. I am going to do the same simple recipe and try and take in what I have learned from each bake, and improve on my baking skills.
So, here I go. I have not added anything to this recipe like last time. This is just going to be a basic loaf.
The recipe is the same:
3 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of yeast
2 teaspoons of salt
1 1/8 cup water
This is how I went about making this loaf:
First off I need the essential tools
Measure out the flour
Wait for the water to reach optimum temperature
add yeast to the warm water and leave fro 5 min for the yeast to react
I then add a bit of the flour to the yeasty water to make a past
Then leave for 20min for the yeast to be come frothy
I then add in the rest of the water, flour and salt to make a rough dough ball. I then knead on a floured surface to it becomes a smooth texture
I then write down the time and tempreture of the dough, and leave to proof for 40min
After 40 min, I fold the dough and leave for a further 25min.
After the 25min, i punch down the dough and shape in to a boule for the final proof
I preheat the oven to 230c with Pizza stone and empty roasting dish.
Once the oven has come up to temp, I transfer the dough onto the pizza stone, slash and place in the oven. I also add half a cup hot water to steam the loaf.
After 10 min I turn the loaf and take out the roasting dish.
After another 10 - 15min I take out the loaf and leave to cool for an hour.
The loaf came out quite nicely, decent shape and good flavour.
I am thinking next time to tighten up the boule a bit on the final proof and to bake for a bit longer as the crust was a bit thin and soft to me.
Enjoyed baking this loaf and learned alot.
Please let me know hat you think!
I also received a new book to read over
And a shot of some of the tomatoes from my garden