Fresh Bread & Jam
We’re so blessed to live right next door to my parents. We don’t see each other every day, but it’s great to be able to duck over for a quick hello when we’re not heading out to sport, or taxiing one of the kids to work.
This afternoon as we got home from school and work, mum called out to invite us over for some fresh home made afternoon tea. I tell you nothing says, ‘I love you’, like sharing in fresh bread, straight from the oven, topped with home made strawberry jam! A loaf was devoured within minutes, it was so good.
This loaf of bread has a beautiful, soft centre texture, with a lovely golden crust. It isn’t a really quick recipe, but is simple to make and well worth the effort.
- 2 Cups Warm Water
- 1/4 Cup Raw Sugar
- 1 & 1/2 Tbsp Yeast
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 6 Cups Bread Flour
- 1 Heaped Tbsp Bread Improver
Melt butter and leave to cool slightly. Add sugar and warm water in bowl, sprinkle with yeast and leave it 10 to 15 minutes for the yeast to activate. Add melted butter, flour, salt & bread improver to the yeast mixture and mix together lightly.
Then change to dough hook and knead for 8 minutes. This step can be done by hand but you would need to hand knead for a longer amount of time. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and finish off with a light hand knead. Spray bowl with olive oil, place dough in bowl, spray the top of the dough and cover loosely with cling wrap or a damp warm tea towel. Place aside in a draft free area and let rise until double in size (up to an hour, depending on temperature). Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Remove cover and punch down. Place on lightly floured surface and cut into three or four equal pieces, depending on the size bread tins you have. Knead each piece into a roll shape and place two pieces into a bread tin. Spray top with oil, add sesame seeds now if you’d like, then cover and let rise until double in size (30 – 50 minutes, depending on temperature). Once double in size, place in oven and bake for 20 – 30 minutes. Pull out and brush with melted butter. Let rest in tins for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack.
Enjoy while it’s still hot with your favourite spread!
Hand Kneading Technique
Mum made her dough in her Thermomix, but it can easily be made by hand or in a benchtop mixer. Either way you will have delicious bread and will certainly want to make it again.
This video shows you how to hand knead your dough if you don’t have a benchtop mixer or thermomix.