Make your own home-made bread
Have you ever dreamt of a nice, tasty and fresh home-made bread? Can you already smell the fabulous perfume inside the house? Do you know it takes so little to do something that will revolutionise your breakfast?
When I moved to the UK I never found a bakery. There are not really any bakeries here. There are a lot of coffee shops and patisserie where they also sell bread, but not proper bakeries. It is something that I have always missed. Most of the supermarkets sell something like fresh bread and those packs with sliced bread for toast. I spent two years eating that bread and thinking of breakfast as a nightmare. It took me forever to eat two slices of that bread with some Nutella or jam on it. I didn’t like it, but I was raised having bread and jam for breakfast and after 22 years it is difficult to change habits. Then I moved to my new house in London and I decided to change my ways.
I began baking my own bread! Start with 500 g of flour, 12g of yeast, 370 ml of water and two teaspoons of salt. I followed the recipe of this Italian site: http://www.misya.info/flavia
The procedure was very easy: dissolve the yeast in 50 ml of lukewarm water. Pour flour in a bowl, mix it with the yeast and water until you get a sticky dough. Let it then rest, covered for one hour and half. Cover with flour, divide it in three smaller loafs and bake it in the pre-heated oven at 230 degrees for 30 minutes.
The taste is fresh, yummy and I love to pour generous helpings of honey over the still warm bread.
Another option that I often do when I am not sure if I have all the ingredients at home is the bread mix by Wrights. I simply love the Premium white bread!! The box costs only 1£ and it gives you bread for one week (if you live alone like myself). It takes 10 minutes to make the dough, 30 minutes to let it rest and only 30 minutes to bake it in a pre-heated oven. The process is extremely simple, you just need a bowl, a jug to measure the quantity of water required, an oven and a timer (I use my phone).
It’s truly fantastic! 10 minutes of effort for a week of healthy and yummy bread!!
If you think about it doesn’t take much time because the “big part” is making the dough. Then you can do your things while the bread rests and when it is in the oven. I usually bake it on Sunday night, the only part of the week that I try to keep for myself. In that hour that the bread is resting and baking I do my hair mask, then my shower and read my book, etc.
I store the bread in the freezer in food boxes and defrost it only when I need it. A whole loaf is a lot to eat in one sitting but sometimes it tastes so good that it can be hard to stop munching!
How about you? Do you eat bread in the morning? Is bread an essential part of your diet? Have you ever made your own bread? I am super curious to read your story so please leave a comment below!