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Basic White Bread Recipe   

veg  CBF  65mins plus proving

Makes 4 x 450g/1lb loaves    Cold  Vegetarian  Savoury Baked Fayre 



1.3Kg/3lb Strong Plain Flour

900ml/30fl.oz. Warm Water

25g/1oz Fresh Yeast

25g/1oz Margarine

3/4 teaspoons salt

1 egg, beaten with a little milk, to glaze




1. Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl then rub in the fat with your fingertips. Blend the yeast with 4 tablespoons of the water. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the yeast liquid and remaining water. Using one hand, draw the ingredients together and work to a firm dough, until the mixture comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl.


2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead thoroughly for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Shape into a ball, place in a clean bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.


3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions, shape each piece of dough into an oblong, the same width as the tin. Place the dough in 4 greased 1lb loaf tins, tucking the ends underneath. Place each tin inside an oiled polythene bag and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour until the dough has risen to the top of the tins.


4. Preheat the oven to 230C, 450F, Gas mark 8.


5. Remove the loaves from the polythene bags and brush each loaf with the egg glaze. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. The bread should sound hollow when tapped underneath. Cool on a wire rack.



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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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Wire Rack


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