White farmhouse bread
Simple white farmhouse bread recipe, perfect for when you need to sell your house and need that fresh baked bread aroma! Well…also great for delicious homemade gourmet sandwiches, serving warm with homemade soup and delicious toasted
Yield (makes): one loaf (12 people)
Prep time: one hour
Cooking time: 15 minutes
3 ¾ cups (360 g) strong white bread flour
1 tablespoon white Sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (25 g) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon dried yeast
½ cup (120 ml) whole milk
½ cup (120 ml) warm water
1. Mix the yeast, sugar and a small amount of the warm water together in a bowl to activate the yeast.
2. Mix together the flour and salt.
3. Heat the milk and butter on a medium heat until the butter has melted, do not allow the milk to boil, leave to cool.
4. Add the yeast mixture and then the rest of the warm water and cooled milk mixture to the flour and salt mixture.
5. Mix all ingredients together until a smooth dough is formed; remove from the mixing bowl onto a floured surface.
6. Knead the dough for approximately 5 minutes until it takes on a more elastic, stretchy character.
7. Place in a floured bowl and cover with plastic wrap, leave to prove in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, approximately 20 minutes.
8. As soon as the dough has doubled in size it is time to "knock it back", this is done by kneading the dough for another 5 minutes to remove all of the large air bubbles and evenly distribute the small air bubbles.
9. If making a loaf roll out the dough on a floured surface into a large rectangle then tightly roll it up. Pinch together the seam on the bottom of the bread and transfer to a lined baking sheet making sure the seam is on the bottom of the loaf, the loaf should be a long sausage shape.
10. If making bread rolls evenly split the dough into 12 pieces and shape into small balls, transfer to a lined baking sheet.
11. Cover the bread with cling film and leave to double in size once more in a warm place.
12. Once the bread has doubled in size it can be egg washed or brushed with milk and sprinkled with sesame or poppy seeds.
13. Bake at 200°c / 400F for 15 minutes turning the bread halfway through, to check if the bread is cooked pick it up and tap the bottom of the loaf if it makes a hollow sound its done, if the sound is more dense then the chances are it’s not fully cooked so return it to the oven for a few minutes to finish it off.
For a more rustic looking loaf dust with flour and slice diagonal slits along the loaf before baking instead of egg washing.