Frankly, it’s embarrassing that we ever buy bread from supermarkets at all. It’s such an easy thing to make that we have no excuse, it’s not even expensive or particularly time consuming and no, you don’t need a machine (that’s just great for waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread.) Plus there’s so much you can play with once you’ve got the basics down that you can always be learning and experimenting. Think different flours, flavours and shapes. Healthy or hearty.
Oh, and have we mentioned the smell?! Who wouldn’t want to bring that bakery scent home.
All of your basic bread recipes will use some combination of flour, yeast, salt and water. Sugar’s a pretty common addition, as it speeds up the rising process by feeding the yeast. Once they’re all mixed together you might need to leave the dough somewhere warm to rise, knead it, stretch it, shape it, flour it, oil it up, work in some nuts and seeds… It all depends what you’re going for, but a basic loaf that’s great for toast and sandwiches can be done and delicious with nothing more complicated than stirring and an hour or so of proving. Like we said, there’s no excuse.
For a quick malt loaf link to blog
"You can tell if it's cooked by tapping its bottom - if it sounds hollow it's done, if it doesn't then pop it back in for a little longer."Jamie Oliver
"Since there are not many meals that don’t benefit from adding a warm slice of freshly made bread, it makes the pursuit all the more worthwhile."Stephen @ Harrington’s Kitchen
"If you’re new to bread, learn the basics - what is yeast, what is yeast for, what conditions does it need to thrive in, why we need to prove bread…"Ali from Great British Bake Off