Back to Basics – Crusty White Loaf

crusty white bread

Crusty White Loaf

It’s been a while since I have made a plain white loaf and for some reason it was exactly what I wanted. This is just like a loaf you would get from your local baker’s, and probably better because it is home made and you know that there are no flour improvers or other additives to improve shelf life or speed up the processes.

My everyday loaf doesn’t have any fat in it and it is amazing how much of a difference a little bit of butter can make to the texture.

The top of the loaf cracks when you take it out of the oven and let it cool – you can hear it cracking for quite a while afterwards!

crusty bread

A cracking crust!

Recipe

Ingredients

500g strong white bread flour

9g dried yeast

9g salt

30g butter, softened

320ml water

Method

Put the flour in a bowl and add the salt to one side and the yeast to the other.

Add the softened butter and the water and mix to a dough.

Turn out and knead for 5-10 minutes, until the dough feels silky and smooth.

Put into an oiled bowl and cover. Leave for at least an hour and until at least doubled in size.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and repeatedly fold it in on itself so that the air is knocked out.

Form the dough into a smooth round shape and place on a floured baking tray. Cover with a tea towel.

white bread dough

Ready for the second rise

Leave it for about an hour or until roughly doubled in size again.

Set the oven to 230ºC.

When the oven is hot, dust the loaf with some flour and slash it with a sharp knife.

bread dough

After the second rise and ready to bake

Bake for around 30 minutes, until well browned on top and it sounds hollow when tapped on the base.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy the cracking sound as a job well done!

crusty white loaf

Crusty White Loaf



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6 replies

  1. Looks an awful lot better than mine!

  2. Oh this looks wonderful! Been meaning to experiment with some other white bread recipes — will have to give this a try!
    Kenley

  3. Still a dream of mine to bake a bread like this! 😉

  4. I love homemade bread and this looks wonderful!

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