Despite the rise of the gluten-free diet, bread remains one of the most widely consumed foods in the world. It’s been part of our daily diet for thousands of years. So, it seems appropriate that bread should have its own day!
Homemade bread day is celebrated on November 17th. And who can resist the smell and taste of freshly baked bread? There is a popular misconception that breadmaking is time consuming and an art that needs to be mastered. But baking bread doesn’t have to be a chore, we discovered this really simple recipe for homemade bread. It uses just five ingredients and takes just four simple steps to make.
- 500g granary, strong wholewheat or white bread flour
- 7g fast-action dried yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp clear honey
- Tip the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix together. Add the oil, honey and 300ml of hand-hot water and mix again to make a dough.
- Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for five minutes.
- Place in an oiled loaf tin, cover with a plastic food bag or clean tea towel and leave in a warm spot to double in size. This usually takes an hour.
- Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Bake for approximately 30-35 mins until the loaf is cooked. Cool on a wire rack.
Once your loaf has cooled, here are our favourite ways to enjoy it.
- A party platter to enjoy with friends – Slice into thick wedges and serve as part of a cheese platter. Add a tangy goat’s cheese or a salty feta. Garnish with olives, sun-dried tomatoes and marinated artichokes. Don’t forget to open a bottle of Fairbourne Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
- A spring or summer lunch – Toast slices of bread and top with a smoked fish pate, serve with a side salad and a glass of Fairbourne Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
- A souper supper – Make a meal of your favourite soup by enjoying with thick slices of homemade bread. We love a Thai stye green pea soup. Find the recipe HERE. Enjoy with a chilled glass of Fairbourne Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.