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Baking Bread:The Welcome Home Aroma.
500 grams strong white flour.
Ix7gram dried yeast
1.1/2 tsps of sugar
1.1/2 tsps of salt.
15 grams butter
420 ml water; 1/3rd boiling and 2/3rds cold.
Heat oven to 420 C
Mix the flour,sugar ,salt and yeast together.
Rub in the butter.
Add the water and mix to a dough.
Lightly flour a working surface and knead the dough for around 10 minutes;until elasticated in texture.
Place the dough into a loaf tin and cover with cling film .
Leave somewhere warm for around 30 minutes and until the dough has risen to double its size.
Place it into the hot oven at 230 C/Gas mark 8 for 15 minutes and then turn down to 200 C /Gas mark 6 for another 35 minutes.
The loaf should sound hollow when tapped underneath and if you prefer a soft crust wrap it in a tea cloth when cooling.
I had forgotten just how delicious the house smells when bread is baking. Mmmmmm!!!
I particularly love it with butter and Strawberry Jam.