This is also a great bread recipe for beginners - because we'll be weighing all the crucial ingredients, there's less chance of things going awry.
P.S. Want something super yummy to put on your bread? Try my strawberry butter!
Step 1: Ingredients + Tools
- 500 grams all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 7 grams of active dry yeast
- 3 T olive oil
- 300 mL warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- small kitchen scale
- mixing bowls
- parchment paper
- probe thermometer
Step 2: Initial Mixing
Step 3: Forming a Dough
Make a well in the flour, and pour in the water/yeast/sugar mix and the olive oil. Use a wooden spoon or a spatula to mix it all together. It will begin to clump up and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Make sure you're stirring so you're pulling the flour from the bottom up - otherwise you'll be left with lots of flour on the bottom!
I don't recommend adding any extra water at this time - you might think you need it, but I promise it will pull together.
Step 4: Kneading
I'd say it takes 4-5 minutes, normally.
Flour your work surface, and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic. Keep adding more flour as it gets sticky. You can see in the first photo how smooth the dough should be when you're ready to go!
Step 5: First Rise
Let the dough rise for at least 30 minutes until it's doubled in size. At that point, you'll want to punch it down by pressing on it. Don't go all out - you just want to get the major air bubbles. :)
Step 6: Forming + Second Rise
Brush off the excess flour and form your dough into a loaf - either oval or round. Sometimes you might need to knead it a little to make it do what you want. :D
Once it's formed, score down the middle of the loaf with a sharp knife.
Cover with a towel and let it rise again until it's doubled - 30 minutes or more!
Step 7: Baking
The loaf will rise more while baking - this bread always turns into a bit of a monster and that's why I love it! It's nice and crusty on the outside and soft inside.