Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Spot of Baking

Dear Ladies. 

Today I have decided to treat my family to a home made tasty bread! 

This is an old recipe which is easily adaptable to suit any taste. Just by adding different ingredients you can spice it up or sweeten it depending on what you are having :) 

This is the quickest bread recipe I know, and in about an hour your home will be scented with the loveliest of smell which is fresh home made bread :) 

1kg plain flour 
2 packs of dry yeast 
1 glass of lukewarm water 
1 table spoon of runny honey (or a spoon of sugar)
2 table spoon of live yogurt 
2 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil 
1 table spoon of salt
various seeds and herbs to taste ( can be poppy, sesame or whatever you fancy!)

I normally mix the ingredients by hand in a large bowl, however you can just as well use a kitchen mixer. If you find the dough too tight you can always adjust how much water is added to ensure the right, pliable consistency. 

Divide the dough and place into oiled up tins. Leave it to rise in a warm corner of your kitchen for about 20-30 min. 

Rising dough. 

After the 30min, sprinkle the dough with some water. Also sprinkle with the seeds of your choice (my favourite are mixed seeds including sunflower, pumpkin and poppy which you can get in any supermarket). Then further sprinkle with some flour - this will give it a lovely crunch. 

Pre-heat your owen to 180-200 C and bake the bread for 40 - 45 min, depending on how crunchy you like fancy it! 

Baking to perfection and smelling heavenly! 
After your bread has baked, carefully take it out of the tin and leave resting upside down for a few minutes for it to set. 

The bread is delicious and doesnt need anything fancy to acompany it. Simply butter or fruit jam make it a delicious lunch / breakfast / snack. I always bake a couple of loafs because it disapears in no time, and friends often ask for a loaf for themselves :) 

Poppy seed loaf 

Hope you try it and enjoy it as much as my family does! 

Let me know what you think!



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