30 Degrees one day and back to 15 degrees the next. Winter in Albany is…
During this time where supplies are short, many people are returning to the old skills of preparing their own foods and baking their own breads.
Here at The Health Nut we tend to usually have the flour, yeast and other ingredients that you need to do this (please ask!)
So … to make things a bit easier we have shared a simple bread recipe with you that you can make with your regular mixer and a “Dough Hook”
4 Cups Flour (your choice of White, Wholemeal, Country Grains or mix)
2 teaspoons of Yeast
2 tablespoons of Cooking Oil
1/2 teaspoon of Pink Salt
1 1/3 cups of warm water.
Process to Make:
Mix all dry ingredients together (Flour, Salt, Yeast)
Add cooking oil (you can add a bit more if you like your bread a bit more moist)
Add warm water
Mix slowly at first so as to fold the water into the flour without it creating a flour dust storm!
As it combines – increase the speed on the mixer and continue to mix for at least 5 minutes.
The dough should be a nice firm but slightly sticky consistency. If it seems a bit dry, add a bit more water slowly and continue to mix.
This is where we prepare a couple tins and then put our dough in.
Please Note: You don’t want the dough to be higher than 1/3 of the height of the tin at this stage.
Leave to sit in a warm location (eg window sill with full sun) covered with a clean teatowel for a couple hours or until the height of the dough increases in size (at least double, preferably close to the top of the tin)
Preheat Oven & Prepare Water
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
Whilst it is preheating boil some water. Transfer this water when full boiled (and steaming) to an oven proof dish and place in the oven under the rack where you will be placing your bread.
Place your tins of proofed bread in the oven and set the timer for 1 hour.
After 1 Hour
Remove from oven.
Remove from tins gently and have stand on a rack for a further 30 minutes or more (the bread continues to cook in it’s own heat)
Enjoy some of your own homemade bread.