Super easy and super impressive bread

Hello Dear Reader,

I have made quite a few of these super easy loaves lately, they take very little time to throw together and if you start a loaf by five in the afternoon you can be eating it with dinner that night. It has a soft chewy texture and the hint of flavour from the honey and coconut oil or butter is just lovely. I first learnt how to make a very similar loaf to this when I did the Chefs Skills Course at Vanilla Zulu with Mel Townsend, in 2012

 
Every night, when we first arrived at her kitchen, we would make a basic bread dough and then add different flavours to it or learn how to shape it differently. It is a very versatile, flexible recipe that is easy to handle and will always please. I have made this loaf both by hand and in my Thermomix, to save a little time I make mine in the Thermomix, but it is just as easy to knead the dough by hand, it needs a good ten minute knead to give it a nice rise and texture. Give it a go, I say.

Ingredients for Super Easy Bread, from right-4 cups of bread flour, 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 1/2 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon honey and 2 1/4 tablespoons yeast
Add the yeast, honey and warm water to the bowl of the Thermomix, mix on speed 3 for 2 minutes and then let sit for 10 minutes until frothy
Add flour, salt and coconut oil or butter to frothy yeasty mixture
Knead for 6 minutes 
Turn dough out into a greased bowl
Cover with a damp tea towel and let rise for 30 minutes
Scoop risen dough out onto a floured surface, now scoop one side of the dough into  the middle
Now get your hand under the other side
And flip into the middle as well
Continue flipping with two other sides
Now flip dough over so that the seams are on the bottom
And, using your hands
Shape into a round
Tear off a piece of baking paper 
And place your dough round onto it
Using a pair of kitchen scissors, slash dough two or three times and let rise for 30 minutes
Place a pizza stone into the oven and preheat to 200C to 210C
Risen dough after 30 minutes
When oven is up to heat, open oven door and carry dough to oven
And place on hot pizza stone, cook for 25 to 30 minutes, depending on oven 
Golden brown, crusty, chewy, super impressive bread. Perfect for dipping into soups, slathering with butter or simply for sandwiches and toasties

So, tell me, Dear Reader, what is your go to "Easy"bread recipe?

1 comment

  1. A while back there was a easy no knead dough recipe on the back of the yeast box I used to make dinner rolls out of. Mix with wooden spoon in bowl, let rise then portion into small balls and cook in a non stick muffin tray. Unfortunately I've misplaced the recipe.

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