Farmhouse loaf of bread recipe

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  • Serves 8
  • Preparation time : 20 minutes + 2-3 hours proving time Cooking time : 40-45 minutes
  • 320 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
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Combine the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large mixing bowl, then work the olive oil in. Add the warm water steadily until you can form a fairly sticky dough. Add a little more water if it is too stiff, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

Place in a large, clean mixing bowl and cover with clingfilm. Leave to rise in a warm place (an airing cupboard for example) for 2 hours or until doubled in size. Grease a large baking tray. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knock it back and knead again for 3-4 minutes until smooth and elastic.

Shape into an oval and place on the baking tray. Cover loosely with an oiled piece of clingfilm and leave to rise again for 30-40 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 230°C. Make a slash all the way down the centre of the dough and bake in the centre of the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden and risen.

Remove from the oven and brush the top with the milk, then return to the oven on it's own without a baking tray and bake for a further 5 minutes to glaze. Remove and allow to cool before serving.

  • Ingredients

  • 700g strong white bread flour
  • a little bread flour, for dusting
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp dried yeast
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3tbsp milk
  • 400-450ml warm water
  • Energy 1360kj 320kcal 16%
  • Fat 3g 4%
  • Saturates 0g 2%
  • Sugars 2g 2%
  • Salt 0.4g 7%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 69.8g Protein 8.7g Fibre 3.7g


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