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    The easiest (non-machine) white bread in the world

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    3 hrs 30 mins

    3 hrs

    30 mins

    Celine McGowan's Note:

    I got this recipe from Delia Smith's 'How to cook: book one'. It makes a tasty, chewy, crusty bread. Like bread used to be!!! And it couldn't be easier - just sieve the dry ingredients & add water! Give yourself a big bowl so that when you sieve the flour it's exposed to as much air as possible. Enjoy!

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    Serves: 12



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Measure out your flour& put it in the oven on it's lowest setting for 10 minutes Put the sugar in a measuring jug& pour in the water to the 15fl oz mark (you may need a little more or less water- just use your instinct! With this dough, it's better to have it too wet than too dry) Sieve the flour into a Large bowl& add the salt& yeast.
    2. 2
      Make a well in the centre& pour in the sugar/water mixture a bit at a time.
    3. 3
      First bring the mixture together with a wooden spoon& when it starts to form a dough use your hands Remove the dough to a floured work surface& knead for 3 minutes.
    4. 4
      Return it to the bowl& leave to rise at room temp for 2 hours.
    5. 5
      Remove from the bowl to your floured work surface& knead for a further 3 minutes.
    6. 6
      Shape into an oblong& transfer to a 2lb loaf tin (or cut in half& transfer to two 1lb loaf tins).
    7. 7
      Leave to rise in the tin for 1 hour.
    8. 8
      Bake at 230 degrees (Celsius) for 30 minutess.
    9. 9
      Turn the bread out of it's tin& return to the oven, upside down, for 5 minutes to make the base& sides lovely& crusty.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 14, 2002


      This recipe is incredible. It's as easy to cook as the chef suggests and tastes amazing. Real bread like it ought to be. An excellent first choice for any aspiring chef. Look forward to further contributions from Ms McGowan.

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    • on October 28, 2002


      What a wonderful thing! Just like Grandma baked!

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    • on January 02, 2003

      Ricky, you problem may come from the kind of yeast your using as well as its age. Another factor could be loud noises. No- really, baking with the radio blaring or the kids making a ruckus can affect how well things rise while they're in the oven.

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    Nutritional Facts for The easiest (non-machine) white bread in the world

    Serving Size: 1 (95 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 210.4
    Calories from Fat 5
    Total Fat 0.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 196.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 44.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 6.0 g

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