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
400g baker’s flour
4g dry yeast
10ml olive oil
- 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.