Since learning how to make my own bread, I rarely buy shop bought bread anymore. Homemade bread is so much healthier because of all the preservatives in shop bought. Once you perfect homemade bread, you won’t even miss shop bought. This recipe makes two loaves of bread. I like to make 1 loaf of bread and 8 breadbuns. We usually eat the breadbuns on the first day and eat the loaf on the second day. We do eat a lot of bread in our house. If you don’t think you can eat two lots of bread in two days, maybe wrap and freeze one for later use.
Homemade Bread Recipe
750g wholewheat bread flour
300g plain flour
7g active dried yeast
3tbsps olive oil
600ml lukewarm water
Put the flour and yeast in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the oil and water. Mix roughly with a large spoon then knead for 10 mins, until the dough is soft, but still slightly sticky. Add more flour or water as needed. Form into a ball and coat with olive oil. Cover with a teatowel and leave in a warm place to rise, for about 2 hours. When the dough has doubled in size, divide into two equal pieces. Knead each piece again to remove all the air from the dough. Shape one half of the dough into a loaf shape and drop into a greased loaf tin or onto a greased baking tray. Divide the second half of dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a bun shape. Place onto a greased baking tray, leaving a gap in between each bun. Cover with the teatowel and leave to rise for a further 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size again. Preheat the oven to 200C / GM6. Cook the bread for 30-40mins, until it is golden brown and the base sounds hollow when tapped. Leave the bread to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Cover the bread with a clean teatowel whilst cooling to keep it soft.
Although I try not to use plastic in my house where possible, I do like to wrap my bread in plastic wrapping. I recycle an old bread wrapper that I have had for a while. It makes the bread really soft. I have yet to find a plastic free way of wrapping that doesn’t make the bread go hard. Let me know in the comments if you know of anything I can replace the plastic wrapper with, I would appreciate it.