Homemade Bread

Learn how to make your own bread at home. With this fairly easy recipe you are going to enjoy having fresh hot bread straight from the oven.
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  • Serving: 6
  • Preparation: 25
  • Cook time: 35
  • Passive time: 200

Ingredients

  • 30 gr Fresh yeast or 2 tablespoons of dry yeast
  • 0.5 cup Flour (whatever type used for bread)
  • 8 cups Bread flour (whole wheat, barley, white, corn or other)
  • 1 tbps Salt
  • 2.5 cups Lukewarm water
  • 2 tbps Μilk
  • 2 tbps Οlive oil
  • 2 tbps Ηoney

Method

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water. Slowly add the 1/2 cup of flour and mix until all lumps of flour have dissolved, to form a thick liquid. Allow to rise about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Sift the remaining flour with the salt, put in a large mixing bowl, and make a well in the centre. Add oil, honey, milk, yeast mixture (or sourdough starter) and 2 cups of the water in the well. Pulling in the flour slowly, mix with hands until it’s a cohesive mass. Turn out onto a floured surface and continue kneading until the dough is nice and smooth and no longer sticks to the hands.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly oiled mixing bowl and roll until all sides of the dough are lightly oiled. Cover the bowl with three dishtowels: one dry, one dampened with warm water (wet towel and wring out), and the other dry. Place in a warm place and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  4. Punch down and knead for 5-6 minutes on a floured surface. Divide the dough into the number of loaves you want to make (this works well in 3-4 loaves), and form into round or oblong or baguette shaped loaves. Place 10 cm apart on ungreased cookie sheets and cover with three clean dishtowels (the middle one damp). In a warm place, allow the loaves to rise for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 220°C. For a thicker crust, score the tops of the loaves in 3 or 4 places. Otherwise, bake as is on the rack just below the middle of the oven for 30-35 minutes until browned. When tapped on the bottom, bread will sound hollow. When the loaves are done, remove from oven and cool on racks.
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