Making White bread by hand

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I got the recipe for making white bread from my father who worked in a bakery at one point in his life, this recipe does not use a bread maker or food processor or electric mixers of any kind, this is all by hand.

you will need

1Kg Bread Flour (strong white flour)
10gm Yeast
15gm Salt
600ml Warm Water
1 Tsp Sunflower oil

a large mixing bowl
a jug
cups (for holding ingredients)
a black bin liner
a tea towel
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Step 1: Mixing and kneading

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sieve out the flour in to the bowl, and add the salt and yeast, mix all the dry ingredients together, then add 600ml of warm water and mix together.

once they are mixed together make it into a ball, lightly flour the worktop and your hands, get ready for some exercise.

Knead the dough for no less than 10 minutes, I set a timer on my iPhone, for those who do not know how to need what you do is stretch the dough using the heel of your hand pushing the dough out, then fold in half and give it a quarter turn and do again, quarter turn and knead, keep going for the full ten minutes.

here is a video I found to show you how to knead.


Step 2: The first rise

Picture of the first rise
now you need to leave it to rise.

brush a bowl using a pastry brush with sunflower oil, place your dough in the middle and brush the dough with oil.

put the whole bowl with the dough in it inside a black bin liner, twist the bag so its sealed and put the end under the bowl.

Now leave it for 1 and a half hours, preferably in a warm place, it was warm in my kitchen so I didn't need to move it.

why are we doing this, we put it in the bag so it can sweat, during this time the yeast will produce co2 and the dough will double in size.
kpayne21 year ago

Thanks for the recipe. I just tried it for the first time. I usually don't try making bread because my baking skills leave a lot to be desired, and a lot of bread recipes are too dense and cake-like. This was good, though. Like you said, it's similar to what you'd get in a bakery.

Do you dampen the tea towel with cold or warm water or does it matter?
n1cod3mus (author)  vincentmcmurray2 years ago
I used warm water, well it was from the cold tap but it was perticularly cold i would have said luke warm.
Schlumpfsa2 years ago
do you have any more Recipes this one sounds good. what sort of oven do you use ?
n1cod3mus (author)  Schlumpfsa2 years ago
at the moment i'm using a standard gas oven, but it would work better in an electric fan assisted oven. Only recipes I have is one for pigs in blankets and one for the ultimate victoria sponge cake.
n1cod3mus (author) 2 years ago
i tried a piece of this last night and it was amazing, the taste and texture was the same as if i had bought it from the bakary!

this is the first time i have made bread and got it spot on, thanks dad.