Country Bread Recipe

Country Bread Recipe

Ingredients : Makes two loaves

350 g

350 g

150 g

20 ml

50 g

475 ml

 

For the starter

15 ml

250 ml

150 g

1.5 ml

Wholemeal flour

Plain flour

Strong plain flour

Salt

Butter, at room temperature

Lukewarm milk

 

 

Active dried yeast

Lukewarm water

Plain flour

Caster sugar

Method :
  • Combine all the starter ingredients in a bowl. Cover and leave in a warm place for 2-3 hours
  • Place the flours, salt and butter in a food processor and process just until blended, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir together the milk and starter, then slowly pour into the processor, with the motor running, until the mixture forms a dough. Knead until smooth.
  • Place in an ungreased bowl, cover with a plastic bag, and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. Knead again then return to the bowl and leave until tripled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Grease a baking sheet. Divide the dough in half. Cut off one-third of the dough from each half and shape into four balls. Top each large ball with a small ball and press the centre with the handle of a wooden spoon to secure. Cover with a plastic bag, slash the top, and leave to rise.
  • Preheat the oven to 200oC / 400oF / Gas 6. Dust the loaves with flour and bake until browned and the bases sound hollow when tapped, 45-50 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack.

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