Although I love to cook and bake, until very recently, I had never made bread. I created this yummy delight the other day to accompany pasta. It was surprisingly easy to do so and was still delicious a couple of days after making it. I used this recipe on the BBC Good Food website as inspiration and changed the recipe to suit my store cupboard ingredients and quantity of people. I estimate that this would serve 4-6 people as a side dish.
- 300g strong white bread flour
- Half a 7g sachet fast-action yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp clear honey (I used Sainsbury basics)
- Sprinkling of garlic powder according to taste
- 25g soft butter
- 50g mature cheddar, grated
- Dried herbs
- Measure the flour, yeast, garlic powder and salt into a large bowl. Mix 150ml lukewarm water with the oil and honey in a jug. Gradually pour into the dry mix, stirring as you go to make a soft dough.
- Knead the dough for five minutes until it is no longer sticky. Use extra flour if required. Flour a baking sheet or shallow tin and stretch out your dough. I tried to make mine round to give it a rustic look.
- Mix a pinch or two of garlic with the butter and then gently brush over the dough with a pastry brush. Sprinkle over the cheese and mixed herbs. Cover the bread with lightly oiled cling film, then leave in a warm place to rise for 40 mins. I have a double oven and let it rest in the top oven to rise whilst the bottom oven heated.
- Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Remove the cling film, then bake the bread for 30 mins until golden and risen. Enjoy the smell!
– Crushing fresh garlic cloves into the butter will give it a more garlicky tang.
– Try caramelising onions and sprinkling on top.