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Turkish bread

One of life’s simple pleasures must be warm bread straight from the oven, with a dollop of butter and homemade strawberry jam.  Yummm! 

If you would like to have a go at making your own bread, I have included below a recipe for Turkish Bread I got from an old baker (Bob) which is very simple and works every time.  The total cost of the loaf is about $1.50 which is a bit of an incentive to give it a go. No need for any fancy equipment (just a bowl and your hands) and you will be able to enjoy it straight from the oven. Simple pleasure – nailed!

Bob’s Turkish Bread 

Ingredients:

400g baker’s flour

8g salt

4g sugar

4g dry yeast

10ml olive oil

300ml water

 Method:

  •  Combine dry ingredients.
  • Make a well in the centre and add the oil and water.
  • Mix with a spoon or your hand to form a dough. This is a very wet, sticky dough.
  • Knead with your hand in the bowl for 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic (see photos below). If you have a mixer with a dough hook you can use this to save the muscles in your arm.  If not, use your hand and think of the workout you don’t need to have 😊
  • When the dough is smooth, work into a round ball and brush the top with a little oil.
  • Cover the bowl and leave to prove for about 2 hours, until it has doubled in size.
  • Flatten onto an oven tray dusted with flour and dress with egg white and sesame seeds, olives etc.
  • Leave to prove for another 45 minutes. Bake in a hot oven (220 degrees) for about 10 minutes until golden brown.

 

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