Perfect white bread

    4 hours 5 min

    This is a developed and perfected recipe for standard white bread dough to make loaves or buns. This dough can be baked in two 2 lb loaf tins or one 4 lb loaf tin.

    KyleCooper

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    Ingredients
    Makes: 1 to 2 loaves

    • 800g strong white flour
    • 13g salt
    • 45g lard
    • 7g fast action dried yeast or 15g fresh yeast
    • 500ml warm water

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:3hr rising  ›  Ready in:4hr5min 

    1. Place the flour, salt and lard into a large mixing bowl, mix, then add the yeast.
    2. Make a well in the centre and add the water.
    3. Mix thoroughly, then knead either manually or using a stand mixer until elastic, about 10 to 15 minutes.
    4. Place the kneaded dough back into the bowl, cover and leave to prove until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
    5. Knock back the dough, make sure no air is left inside of the dough, and place onto a very lightly floured surface.
    6. Shape the dough either into rolls or loaves to fit into tins. After shaping, place into the tins or onto a baking tray.
    7. Cover again and let sit until visibly risen, about 1.5 hours.
    8. Preheat the oven to 220 C / Gas 7.
    9. Bake the loaf for 35 minutes, or buns for 20 to 25 minutes. Spray the inside of the hot oven with a cold water spray to create steam, this massively improves the crust. For an even crisp crust, remove the baked loaves from the tins and place into the oven while adding more steam for 10 more minutes. The loaf has finished baking when it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
    10. Transfer to a wire rack immediately after baking.

    Tips

    Do not use any additional flour when kneading the dough.
    Use a plastic scraper to pick up dough that has stuck to surfaces.
    Using warm water helps to activate the yeast faster.
    Incorrect proving will result in a doughy, dense loaf.

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