Simple White Loaf

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After making my first bread instructable (Peter Reinhart - Lean Bread), I tough it would be a nice idea to post a simpler basic recipe.

In this instructable, I'll explain how to make the most basic bread loaf (imo).

It's a plain white bread; A nice canvas for your creativity.

In my case, I had in mind putting dryed cranberry... but somehow I couldn't find them, so it stayed plain (which is good on his own!).
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Always the same basic ingredients :

- 17.65oz / 500g Bread Flour
- 11oz / 312g Water
- 1½ tsp (0.21oz / 6g) Yeast
- 1½ tsp 0.31oz / 9g) Salt

Make 2 1lb loaves(or 4 mini loaves in my case)

Remember to use lukewarm water!

Step 2: Tools

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You need some basic tool. If you're lucky to have a stand mixer or bread machine (dough mode), use it!

But this can be made by hand

By Hand :
- Large bowl
- Large wooden spoon
- Kitchen scale
- Your hands

With Mixer:
- Stand mixer or Bread machine
- Dough hook or bread machine paddle
- Kitchen scale

Step 3: Yeast and Water

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Mix the yeast and water.

Let rest for 5 min.

Step 4: Flour and Salt

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Add the flour and salt to the bowl all at once

Mix until the dough holds its mass together.

Step 5: Kneading

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When the dough is holding a "shape", start to knead.

By Hand:
- Remove from the bowl and place on a oiled surface.
- Oil your hands and start to knead.
- Stretch, fold then push down with your palm.
- Turn 90 degree and repeat until the dough is elastic and smooth.

With Mixer:
- Let the mixer knead until the dough is smooth. The bowl should be almost clean when it's done.

Step 6: First Proofing

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Bread needs some time to rest and develop all it's goodness. This is called proofing.

- Form in a round ball and place in a oiled bowl.
- Cover with a cloth or plastic wrap.
- Let rest for 1h or doubled in size
scoochmaroo4 years ago
The perfect intro to breadmaking!
What happens i add eggs
What happens i add eggs
Nice and simple. Tried it but I used milk instead of water. I suggest use washes to give it a darker color.
TheGeek19843 years ago
These look awesome. I'll have to try them.
I would like to taste your breads. They are really perfect.
kazael4 years ago
They all look so tasty...

After that first instructable of yours I already decided, that I definitely should try baking some bread. And now after seeing those golden brown loaves, I really can't procrastinate any longer. To the kitchen! Right this instant!
andreq (author)  kazael4 years ago
Thanks for your kind comment!

Let us know how your bread turns out!
kazael andreq4 years ago
I will. First proofing currently going on.
kazael kazael4 years ago

Winter time -> colder than normal kitchen -> the dough didn't rise as much as I would have hoped, but I won't let that bother me. Easy to follow instructable with great results!

Just a few more minutes of cooling and I can finally get a bite. Can't wait...
andreq (author)  kazael4 years ago
Nice breads ! They look tasty with all those seeds on top!
Simple and Beautiful. I love it.

One suggestion for step 11: Make loaves a bit smaller and then wrap cooked Sausage links, cheese, and other goodness in the bread at the third rest period. It makes the best breakfast sandwiches.