I’m really late posting this, because I was traveling and then, well, not in a blogging mood. But the August FFTO challenge was really great, I would make this again in a heartbeat. Chele from Chocolate Teapot gave us this recipe from from the River Cottage Handbook No.3 – Bread.
- 400g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
- 5g powdered dried yeast
- 10g fine sea salt
- 90ml warm milk
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 100g butter, softened
- 4 medium free range eggs, beaten
- 1 medium free range egg
- 2 tbsp milk
- Mix the ingredients.
- Knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and shiny.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Shape into two loaves.
- Let rise 3-4 hours, until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6.
- Beat egg and milk together for the glaze.
- Put loaves on baking sheet.
- Glaze loaves with a pastry brush.
- Bake 10 minutes.
- Turn oven down to 180C/350F/gas mark 4 and bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes 2 small loaves
I actually followed the recipe exactly – shocking, I know – and it worked beautifully except that my stupid oven burned the bottoms of the loaves. I seriously have to cook everything in it for ten minutes less than recipes say. The rest was fine, though. Even though it looks long, this recipe is really easy. It’s a great one to try. This was my first time doing a real glaze and I loved the shininess! It’s just a shame that I left town right after making it so I couldn’t enjoy it more, but don’t worry, I packed one loaf in my carry-on and took it to the friends I was visiting!