Basic Bread Recipe
Here’s my magical, super easy, cheats way of making great bread. From this one recipe, I’ve made Naan bread, cheese and pesto savoury twists, dinner rolls and sweet breads! It’s really versatile and I’ve used the same recipe for years – even in a bread maker!
- 1 1⁄2cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3cups flour, plus a few tbsp for workspace
- Combine warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes until foamy. I particularly love watching the part where the yeast starts to ‘pop’ and appear on the top. Amazes me every time.
- Add salt and flour. Now, because I’m a cheat when it comes to baking, I put everything into the bowl for my benchtop mixer and using the dough hook, let the machine do all the work. I don’t mix it for too long though – just until the ingredients are working themselves into a ball. If you don’t have a mixer, you will have to knead the dough on a floured workspace about 20 times and and then put the dough in a well oiled bowl and cover with tinfoil and a teatowel.
- Put in a warm place to rise for 30-45 minutes and go and have a cup of tea or chat with a friend on the phone. FYI: I cover my bowl with tinfoil as I find the dough rises quite a bit and sticks to whatever it touches. Tinfoil is easy to scrape the dough off.
- Turn dough out onto a floured bench. Knead again. I do this mostly because I enjoy it.
To make my cheats Naan:
Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/8″ thick.
Grill naan pieces on a grill or electric griddle, or in my case, I used a frying pan!
FYI: I didn’t use any oil or spray, but other recipes I looked at, say you can.
You’ll know when your bread is ready and you can expect it to be a little charred in a few places.
To make my Cheese and Pesto Twist:
Roll the dough out as a giant rectangle on a floured bench.
Cover the dough with pesto, as if you were covering a pizza base with sauce.
Cover with a layer of grated cheese.
Roll the dough up into a long tube, like a sausage and once done, cut lengthwise through the centre.
Take each piece and fold over, similar to plaiting, then shape into a circle on a floured oven tray.
Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes or until golden at 180 degrees.
This is seriously the best bread. You can try using the same recipe for a variety of different things – both sweet and savoury. It’s easy and once you’ve tasted the difference of this bread, compared to store bought, you’ll never buy another loaf again! SERIOUSLY!