Yes! After baking this white bread and seeing the final outcome, I couldn't believe myself that it was me who baked it!!! I was pleased and excited!
It is simple white bread with stepwise kneading instructions (If you own a kneading machine, kindly skip) for beginners who are absolutely new to yeast baking. Please refer here about yeast before you step into the recipe. I referred Rachel Allen's Baking for the kneading instructions and I have blogged the same here.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Idle Time: 2 hours
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
Makes: 1 loaf
All purpose flour/ Plain flour/ Maida - 2 cups + extra for dusting
Warm water - 1/2 cup + extra to make soft dough
Active dry yeast - 1 envelope (7g)
Sugar - 2 teaspoons
Olive Oil/ Butter - 1 tablespoon + extra for greasing
Salt - 1/8 teaspoon
1) In a small bowl, mix sugar, yeast, 1/2 cup warm water and keep aside for 5-7 minutes till the water is frothy.
11) Shape the dough into oval and place inside the loaf tin(2lb, 25CM X 12CM). Cover using the damp cloth/cling wrap and keep near the warm place.
14) Dust the top with flour or give a light coating of butter/oil/milk.
15) Bake it for 20-25 minutes or until the bread is well risen. After 15 minutes from the starting time, turn the oven temperature down to 200C(400F).
17) Cool on a wire rock. Once done, cover using a clean towel and store it.
18) Serve with butter or jam or nutella.
1) Use tray with water/ ice cubes to provide steaming for breads to get soft brown outside crust.
2) The raising time might differ and depends on the temperature on the room.
3) Yeast proofing is optional for active dry yeast. However spending an extra 5 minutes will help you to avoid using old/expired yeast in bread baking.