Seedy White Loaf

I know it’s cheap and easy to buy bread from supermarket, but there’s something about baking a loaf of bread by hand that is really satisfying.

Today I made a loaf of seedy white bread, it’s good for sandwiches and toasts, I normally make it with fast action yeasts. But since I got hold of some fresh yeast (and I think my fast action yeasts is a bit out, they just didn’t really do the job). So today it’s my first time of making bread with fresh yeast!

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500g seeded strong white flour (or you can use mixed seeds with strong white flour)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon caster sugar
25g butter
15g fresh yeast (or 1.5 teaspoon fast action yeast)
200ml tepid milk
90ml tepid water

  1. Mix flour, salt, sugar together.  (If using fast action yeast, add it in at this stage.)
  2. Rub in butter.
  3. If using fresh yeast, dissolve it in the liquid.
  4. Make a well in the flour and pour in the liquid.
  5. Combine everything, then start kneading! (might be very sticky to start with, but don’t give up, it will come together eventually)
  6. After at least 10 minutes kneading (by hand), the dough should become smooth and elastic.
  7. Put the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with tea towel/cling film.
  8. Wait for 45 minutes or until the dough is doubled in size.
  9. Knead for another 5 minutes or so, to get rid of big air bubbles!
  10. You can now shape your bread, if doing a loaf, have a look at my pictures to see how I shaped mine.
  11. Preheat oven to gas mark 7 / 220’C / 425’F
  12. Wait till the bread reaches the rim of the tin (or doubled in size if you’re shaping it as a bun or something)
  13. In the oven for 20 minutes, then remove from the tin and bake for another 15 minutes on gas mark 4. (to brown the sides)
  14. Cool on a rack.

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