How To Make Delicious Homemade Crusty Bread With Your Stand Mixer

One of the most rewarding ways of saving money has to be learning to bake your own bread. However for many the process can seem overwhelming – critical points like the temperature of the water, what’s the correct technique to knead the dough, how long to knead the dough, all of these things are enough to send the novice baker back to the supermarket for a wrapped loaf of mass produced factory bread!

It’s a real shame as homemade crusty bread is so much better than anything you can buy encased in plastic and it is cheaper too at around half the price of the average wrapped loaf.

But sometimes, no matter how enthusiastic you are, reading books on how to make great bread at home, although inspiring, can make the whole procedure seem more like a science lesson than something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon in your kitchen.

Chefs and artisan bread makers will give you formulas and techniques to make super wet doughs and long fermenting times for full flavour but for an everyday white crusty loaf, like you used to buy from the baker, perfect for your Sunday morning bacon butty, the whole process is simple and straightforward. It’s a great activity to do with kids as well because, unlike pastry, the dough cannot be overworked. 

So I want to encourage anyone who thinks they cannot make bread or hates the thought of all that wet sloppy dough sticking to their fingers to grab their stand mixer and try this recipe for tasty, fresh crusty bread – your taste buds and your family will love you for it!

Making Delicious Homemade Crusty Bread

Ingredients

325 grams warm water – just pleasantly warm when you put your finger in it…not too hot

10 grams salt

15 grams vegetable oil

500 grams strong white bread flour

7 grams fast action yeast

Equipment

Stand mixer with a dough hook – we use a Kitchen Aid but we also have a Kenwood Chef, both give excellent results!

Digital Scales – for consistent results and ease of measuring the ingredients

Tea towel or muslin

A 2lb loaf tin – metal is so much better than silicone!

Method

Into the stand mixer’s bowl first add the 325g of warm water.

Next add the salt and the oil to the water then the 500g of bread flour.

Finally sprinkle the yeast on top of the flour and very gently, using your fingertips just mix the yeast lightly into the flour to distribute it evenly.

Now using the dough hook, mix on the lowest speed until a dough is formed then turn up the speed to the next level (no.1) and let the mixer do all of the hard work kneading the dough for 10 minutes.

When the 10 minutes is up, tip the dough out and shape into a neat ball. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a damp cloth –  a tea towel or similar (I use a piece of muslin) – and leave in a warm, draught free place for about an hour until the dough has doubled in size. If the room is cool this may take a bit longer.

I the meantime, grab your tin that you will be baking the bread in and use a pastry brush to lightly oil the inside then coat thoroughly with flour, turning the tin upside down and giving it a sharp tap to remove the excess.

When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for only a few seconds to knock it back – this is done to remove the large air bubbles that have formed and you will get a lovely even texture to your finished bread.

Now to shape the dough ready to go into the tin you need to flatten it into a rectangle with your fingers so that the shortest edge is as wide as the length of the tin you are using. Now the dough is rolled so take the edge of the dough nearest to you (the shorter edge) and fold it into the middle, pressing the edge down to seal it in the middle of the dough then continue to roll the dough so that the seam is underneath and you have a sausage shape.

Place the dough into the tin and cover with the damp cloth then leave to rise again until doubled in size. This usually takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Preheat your oven to 220°c fan / 240°c /475°f / gas 9 and, when its ready, bake your bread just below the middle of the oven for 30 minutes.

Keep an eye on the crust to make sure it doesn’t brown too much for taste. If it is looking a little dark then reduce the heat. As soon as it is cooked, remove from the tin and  cool on a wire rack.

The beauty of making your everyday bread this way is that it takes very little hands on time – while its rising you can easily leave it all alone and go off and do something exciting!

Please, if you love good bread, give this a go and let me know how you get on. If you have any questions, pop them in the comments below.

What we used:

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Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer  

Digital Weighing Scales

2lb Loaf Tin

43 thoughts on “How To Make Delicious Homemade Crusty Bread With Your Stand Mixer

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  • 05/04/2020 at 12:41 pm
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    i have produced your loaf as per recipe. I let it rise after 1.5hrs in the tin approx 25mm above the edge. On moving into the oven it dropped to approx 12mm above the edge. After baking it returned to 25mm. I expected it to rise more than that. Did I do anything wrong?
    martin

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    • 06/04/2020 at 3:03 pm
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      Hi Martin, thanks for your comment and I’m happy to hear you’ve given our bread recipe a go!

      From what you say of the dough dropping when you moved it, this sounds like a possible case of overproving, either in the first or second stage or the gluten in the flour hasn’t developed properly.

      With overproving, if the dough is left for too long on the first proving then it could run out of steam by the time it’s finished it’s second prove and so will not rise more in the oven.

      Times can only be guides as so much depends on the temperatures of the dough and the room temperature. A good way of testing whether your dough has risen enough is to give it a gentle prod with your finger. If the indentation remains in the dough then it has overproved, if it bounces straight back with no sign of an indentation then it is underproved. What we are looking for is the indentation to bounce back half way, this shows the dough is proved correctly.

      If you have used a stand mixer to knead the dough for 10 minutes then the gluten should be developed adequately and shouldn’t be the cause of the problem unless of course the flour you have used is low in gluten (eg ordinary plain flour). If you have kneaded by hand you will need to knead for about 15 minutes to be sure of good gluten development.

      Shaping the dough is also an important stage. Shaping the dough into a roll creates a little tension so that the dough holds itself together while it rises, rather like a balloon. This could easily be the cause of the issue you have had and can be a little tricky for new bread makers to get right as it doesn’t seem as important as the kneading stage whereas in fact it is equally, if not more important to get right!

      Leaving the dough to rise until it’s 25mm above the rim on the tin is pretty much exactly what I do but it can be dependant on what tin you are using so do bear that in mind.

      Breadmaking is really easy to start but the more you make it and the more experience you gain, the better it gets!

      I hope this reply helps and gives you some pointers for your next loaf but if you have any further questions, please let me know!

      Donna 😊

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  • 09/04/2020 at 7:45 pm
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    Thanks for this recipe. So easy and the bread turned out perfectly! I didn’t really understand the reshaping instructions for the tin, but just kneaded a bit and shaped it like the tin without doing the folding and sticking. It was ready for the oven after an hour the second time, and it’s come out beautifully. Will definitely be making this again!

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  • 13/04/2020 at 3:41 pm
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    Hi there i am trying your bread today. I have made a couple if loaves before using my stand mixer. When i poke it to test it, after the first and second prove, the dough always seems to be wet. The same thing happened today with this recipe. It really clings to the bowl whenni try to turn it out. What am i doing wrong ? Thanks

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    • 13/04/2020 at 9:30 pm
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      Hi Evelyn, the thing with bread dough is that wetter is better! This recipe should make a soft dough but not overly wet though. Are you weighing all of the ingredients including the water? Sometimes flours can vary in absorption rates too.
      Although it may be a little tricky to deal with when you first start making bread, a softer dough will actually make a better loaf in the end. Using a little flour when you turn it out of the bowl will help to stop it sticking to the work surface. It will stick inside the bowl a bit too but you should be able to encourage it all out with the side of your hand or a plastic bowl scrapper. If you have too much trouble then oiling the bowl before putting in the dough for it’s second rise should help.
      If it’s still a problem for you, you could cut back on the water a little, perhaps by 10grams or so. If the dough is too tight (with not enough water added) then it will effect how much it rises but this recipe is the one I use to make our bread all the time and with a little practice, it does work perfectly!
      Hope you give it another go – let me know how it turns out.

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  • 13/04/2020 at 7:41 pm
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    great explanation thanx

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  • 16/04/2020 at 8:54 am
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    Hi, I would love to give this bread a go! However I only have Olive oil or butter and whole wheat or plain flour is there a way to adapt the recipe or will it not work?
    Thanks so much,
    Vicki

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    • 18/04/2020 at 12:36 pm
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      Hi Vicki, thanks so much for your question & I’m sorry for the delay in replying – for some reason I didn’t get notified of your comment!
      Butter or olive oil would work just as well as the fat content for your bread, flavours may change slightly but I wouldn’t say it would be very noticeable. More concerning would be the lack of strong bread flour as this contains more gluten, which is what allows bread to rise. Some say that a good baker can make bread from plain flour but I have never tried it! Wholemeal can be trickier, even if you have the strong bread flour so for a good loaf of wholemeal with strong flour we usually only allow one rise.
      This could work with plain white flour as this is what is recommended when baking bread with gluten free flour.
      So, to summarise, if you want to give it a go, make the dough as described, it may need slightly less water so perhaps start with 300g, and knead for longer, maybe 15 minutes in a mixer to give the gluten time to develop.
      Then shape the dough and place in a tin (or on a baking tray if you want a round loaf) and leave to rise, then bake.
      If you give it a go, I’d love to know how it turns out…I may give it a go myself as I’m running low on bread flour too!!
      Donna

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  • 20/04/2020 at 4:48 pm
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    Hi Donna I would just like to say thank you for sharing your recipe for crusty bread I’ve just made it and its come out perfect and tastes delicious it’s the best I’ve ever made so once again thank you

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    • 20/04/2020 at 6:23 pm
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      Hi Wendy, thanks so much for your lovely comments. I’m so pleased to hear that the bread recipe has worked so well for you!

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  • 21/04/2020 at 2:28 pm
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    I am very much in the novice baker category and have never made bread before so I was excited to try, and actually use the dough hook on my mixer for once! I didnt have the right shaped tin so used a heavy based circular cake tin instead and the bread is absolutely delicious. Light and fluffy with a crunchy crust. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

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    • 21/04/2020 at 4:06 pm
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      Hi Vicky, thanks so much for your lovely comments! I’m so pleased that you have taken the plunge and finally used that dough hook and that my recipe was such a success for you!
      I’m sure that now you’ve experienced the delights of homemade bread, you will be making it many more times.
      I plan to add some more recipes soon that make more use of that dough hook 😀

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  • 23/04/2020 at 1:44 pm
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    Thanks for this recipe, tried a few stand mixer recipes before and had no luck but this one was brilliant. We’ve been using plain flour because it’s all we have but it still worked well following the exact recipe above! Made a loaf yesterday that went down so well we had to make a second loaf today!

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    • 24/04/2020 at 9:30 am
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      Hi Jon, thanks so much for your lovely comment and I’m so pleased that our bread recipe has worked so well for you too!

      It’s really great to hear that you have had so much success with plain flour instead of the strong bread flour that we would normally use. I haven’t tried it yet but with your excellent recommendation, I’m certainly going to give it a go too!

      Thanks for sharing you experience with this, I’m sure it will help a lot of people making bread for the first time in these challenging circumstances.

      Enjoy your second loaf…you’ll be a busy bread maker from here on in!!

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  • 03/05/2020 at 7:53 pm
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    I have followed your recipe to the letter and have used it three times now. Perfect every time . only problem I have it rises too high in a 2lb loaf tin and goes well over the edge, I will try it in a cake tin next time to contain it better. I love the bread and don’t buy any now. since lock down I am making bread cakes German biscuits shortbread and sponges, Turned into quite a baker for a 72 year old male lol Thanks for the great recipe. regards Dave

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    • 04/05/2020 at 1:12 pm
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      Hi David, I’m so pleased that the bread recipe is working so well for you! Shop bought bread never has the same appeal once you’ve experienced a proper freshly baked loaf does it?!!
      I prefer a higher sided bread tin myself but they can be quite hard to find. Many of the bread tins that are available these days have very low sides. Look out for ‘Farmhouse’ bread tins with sides of about 4″ or so. The tin I use has measurements of approx. 8″ x 4″ x 4″ high. A cake tin will work just as well…just make sure the slices will fit into the toaster if you like your bread toasted 😉

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  • 14/05/2020 at 1:44 pm
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    Hi Thrifty Squirrels I have just made your white bread recipe and it is fabulous! I can only get ordinary white flour and only had 400gr of that so made up the rest with spelt flour and gram flour. I have just bought a bright red stand mixer which has a dough hook so your recipe and clear instructions were very helpful. My previous bread making efforts were always a bit hit and miss and I have never used a dough hook before. I am really pleased with how it came out. My husband and I are just about retire so will be reading your tips on living on a budget. I will try out the recipe for cheese and potato scones next. Many thanks Glenis

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    • 15/05/2020 at 12:38 pm
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      Hi Glenis, thank you so much for your comments, I’m so pleased to hear that the bread recipe has worked well for you 🙂 It’s the only recipe we use for everyday bread now! I also have a bright red stand mixer that I love – it really takes all of the hard work out of making bread and other bakes 😁.
      The cheese & potato scones are very moreish…and if you’re anything like me and always make too many mashed potatoes, this recipe is a real winner for using them up!!

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  • 17/05/2020 at 3:32 pm
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    Thank you, that’s the best bread I’ve made for a very long time!
    The only (slight) problem I had was that there was too much water and he dough was very sticky. I had to add extra flour, next time I’ll keep a bit of the water back in cast the mix is too dry.
    I’m definitely going to try more of your recipes.

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    • 18/05/2020 at 11:44 am
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      Hi Val, thanks so much for your lovely comments 😊 I’m so pleased you have had success with our bread recipe, everyone who makes it seems to be enjoying it!
      I have to say I’m surprised that you had a very sticky dough though. It should be soft, as a wetter dough does make better bread but I have tweaked this recipe over a long time to get the best balance between moist & manageable!! Having said that, different flours can have different absorption rates so your plan to hold back slightly with some water is a good idea. I would be interested to hear how you get on!
      I’m also very happy to hear that you will be trying out some of our other recipes!
      Our most popular ones can be found in the side bar – hope you can find something you like the look of!
      I’m hoping to get more recipes and posts written soon 😊

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  • 19/05/2020 at 6:44 pm
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    Have you used this recipe to make buns? What even temp should I use? Thanks.

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    • 20/05/2020 at 6:20 am
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      Hi Val, yes we often make lovely crusty bread rolls using exactly the same recipe! Just divide the dough into the size of rolls you would like (we often do around 100g give or take). If you need a certain number of rolls, weight the dough and divide by the amount of rolls you need.
      Bake at the same temperature as a loaf of bread, just for a shorter time.
      Hope you enjoy them 😊

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  • 20/05/2020 at 10:55 am
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    For the first time ever I made bread. I followed your recipe exactly and wow, success. I had a lovely very well risen, tasty loaf. Thank you.

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    • 20/05/2020 at 12:41 pm
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      Hi Jane, I’m so pleased you have used our recipe to make your first ever loaf of bread and that it has worked so well for you! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, it is very much appreciated 😊

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  • 21/05/2020 at 10:34 am
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    Hi, I would like to try this recipe, could you tell me how many fluid ounces equate to 325 grams of water and 15 grams of vegetable oil please?
    Thanks

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    • 21/05/2020 at 5:09 pm
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      Hi David, 325 grams is 13 fluid ounces and 15 grams is ½ fluid ounce…hope you enjoy the recipe 😊

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  • 05/06/2020 at 7:34 pm
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    Can you do this recipe without the tin? If so do I need to change cook times? Thank you!

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    • 05/06/2020 at 7:40 pm
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      Hi Nikki, yes you can absolutely make this bread without a tin! Baking time should be about the same but it may be worth checking after about 25 minutes to make sure it’s not browning too much.

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  • 21/06/2020 at 4:21 pm
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    I should probably have read the comments and your helpful responses before embarking on what was only my third attempt to make bread. I kneadn’t (hee hee) have worried. All modesty aside, I’ve just tasted one of the best bits of bread ever! Delicious crust and nice n airy inside. Many thanks for sharing!

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    • 23/06/2020 at 5:14 pm
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      Hi Graham, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!
      I’m really pleased to hear that our bread recipe has worked so well for you. Making bread can often seem such a daunting prospect but really it’s not as frightening as all that!! We don’t ever buy supermarket bread anymore…once you’ve tasted home baked, nothing compares!!

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  • 29/06/2020 at 8:22 pm
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    Thank you so much for this recipe. I treated myself to a stand mixer for my birthday and this was the first thing i made. Ive tried using a bread maker in a previous life but was never happy with the results. This worked perfectly and tasted amazing. The only problem i have now is needing to do 3 times more exercise to work off the calories because once i started in on this loaf there wasn’t much left!

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    • 01/07/2020 at 9:54 am
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      Hi Nadine, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment, it really is very much appreciated!
      I think a stand mixer is one of the best purchases I ever made and I’m sure your well deserved birthday present to yourself will prove to be a very cherished item that will be invaluable!
      I feel very honoured that you chose our bread recipe to be the first thing that you made with it too…and really happy that it has worked so well for you. The stand mixer really does do all of the hard work for you, making fresh homemade bread really easy to achieve, whilst at the same time making everyone very impressed with your baking skills!!
      …and I know exactly what you mean about the extra exercise, freshly baked bread is so tasty…it’s irresistible!!

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  • 25/07/2020 at 1:18 pm
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    I find the liquid measures given in grams to be difficult could you please give the liquid measures in millls ?

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    • 25/07/2020 at 9:24 pm
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      Hi Tammy, we give the liquid measurements in grams as that is the most accurate way to measure but if you prefer to use millilitres then simply use the same quantity as in grams as the two measurements are basically the same, so 325 grams is also 325 millilitres.

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  • 26/07/2020 at 6:19 pm
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    Hi, decided to try your crusty bread recipe as a change from my normal one as I was having problems with the kneading in my K Mix . Found it much better adding ingredients in the order you say . The only change was I used a little more oil , about 2 Tbs My bread turned out great but so big ! I think I left the first prove too long , I was used to leaving it 2 hours. It measured over 6 inches high.! It had “mushroomed “ in the 2lb loaf tin I use. Reading previous comments I think I need a better ,higher sided, bread tin . Many thanks for the recipe though , I will definitely use it in the future. Does using different makes of flour make a difference , always use Allison’s or Waitrose own bread flour.

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    • 27/07/2020 at 2:21 pm
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      Hi Pat, thanks for your comment. I’m so glad you’ve found us and tried our bread recipe!

      Oil is added to bread dough to help with texture. Many recipes don’t use any fat (such as baguettes) and they are often very crusty but quick to start to go stale. Fats can help to create a softer crumb that will keep longer.

      However, adding too much fat does have consequences! The fat impedes the development of gluten by coating the gluten strands with flour before they can develop fully, giving a dough that cannot stretch enough to contain the carbon dioxide gas produced by the yeast, before it collapses.

      It’s the same as not kneading the bread enough, it will not give the best results.

      Some bread doughs do use a lot of olive oil in their recipes such as focaccia but as these are flat breads with little rise, it works perfectly well for that style of bread.

      Proving times are also important. If the dough is over proved it won’t expand in the oven and will likely deflate as the gluten structure will be weakened and not able to contain the excessive carbon dioxide. If it’s under proved, the yeast will not have had enough time to produce enough carbon dioxide to make the dough rise.

      Different makes of bread flour probably won’t have much of an effect on your finished loaf. Both of the brands you mention are strong bread flours that have high protein. Having said that, you may have read on previous comments that someone has tried to make our recipe with ordinary plain flour with great success! At the time I had not tried to make bread with plain flour (which is lower in protein and unlikely to produce a good gluten structure) but as bread flour has become akin to finding Unicorn eggs in the supermarkets during the pandemic, I did try a loaf with plain flour – basic supermarket plain flour at that as that was all I could lay my hands on! I can now confirm that our recipe made in a stand mixer does work perfectly well when using plain flour! So, although there may be slight flavour enhancements by using Canadian wheat flour favoured by Waitrose, it is perfectly OK to use any flour you wish!

      We do prefer a nice tall sided bread tin but they are not imperative to make a good loaf of bread. A well made and shaped dough will have enough structure and surface tension to hold itself in a good shape.

      I have made many, many loaves while trying to create an easy, foolproof crusty bread recipe and I’ve found the balance of ingredients work very well together. I hope you give the recipe another try and would love to hear how it turns out!

      Donna

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  • 27/07/2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Hi Donna
    Thank you for your reply. I will definitely make again and follow your proving instructions more carefully. My husband says the bread is fabulous, who cares about the shape !! Flour supplies seem good at present so will stock up !

    Pat

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    • 28/07/2020 at 3:51 pm
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      Hi Pat, do let us know how you get on or if you have any other queries. I think your husband is quite right…in the end, the taste is everything!! It’s probably very wise to get a few bags of flour in stock then you can have fresh baked bread whenever you fancy! I’ll be doing the same (when I can find some!!)

      Donna

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