If you search through the ingredients on the bread packet on the supermarket shelf you will actually be very surprised that all you need to make a loaf is yeast,water,salt,flour and a pair of hands.
All the bread expects from you is a little bit of patience…..
Ps.I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t add some seeds into my bread 😉
1.Crumble fresh(or dry) yeast into a bowl add 1 pinch of sugar,50ml/2fl oz tepid water and 1-2 tbsp flour.Mix until smooth and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.It should be bubbling and foamy after that amount of time.
2.Sift the flour with salt into a large bowl. Add yeast mixture,sunfower oil,seeds and oats. Combine using a wooden spoon.Slowely pour water into a bowl.Mix till the dough comes together.Add a little flour onto a flat surface and knead the dough for around 10 minutes adding just a little flour at a time.The dough should not be sticky but quite playable.
3.Cover the bowl with a cotton tea towel and leave to rise (around 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours).(Just remember yeast dough doesn’t like droughts).
4.Grease a bread pan and sprinkle with some fine oats and seeds. When the dough double in size,punch it down and place on a slightly floured surface.Knead for 2-3 minutes and place it in a greased baking pan.Leave for another 30 minutes.
5.Preheat the oven 190 C/170 C fan/Gas.Brush the dough with egg and sprinkle seeds and oats on the top.Bake for 45 minutes covering with aluminium foil if it gets too brown.It should have a hollow sound when you knock it.
6.Take the bread out of the tin and place on a cooling rack.