January has undoubtedly felt like the 13th month of 2020, and while the weather has been miserable and I have honestly missed seeing friends and family so much, I have tried to find myself little distractions in the form of cooking, baking(see here), organising, reading and helping Ella with her homework! Obviously by now you’ve heard this a million times but really the real joys in life are about the small things- that personal best on a morning run, that last minute family takeaway decision, kitchen disco with that favourite song turned up too loud, that first sip of coffee in the morning and that smell of freshly baked bread! We are all about that freshly baked bread today on the blog. So on that note I am sharing with you the easiest bread recipe ever that luckily also turned out to be super delicious!
I have also promised myself that I will write at least one blog post a month because this is my happy little corner on the world wide web, so if there’s anything that you’d like to see on here then just leave me a comment xx
WHAT YOU NEED
- 300ml warm water
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 60ml vegetable oil
- 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 550 gm plain flour
- 1 large egg or olive oil
WHAT TO DO
- In a liquid measuring cup, pour warm water, yeast and a small pinch of sugar. Stir gently just to combine. Let the yeast prove for 5 minutes.
- Once the yeast has proved, add it to a mixing bowl containing the oil, sugar, salt, and cardamom. Mix the ingredients.
- Add the flour to the liquid ingredients and mix gently. Knead the flour and wet ingredients together for about 2-3 minutes, making sure the flour is well combined.
- Let the dough prove for an hour.
- Preheat oven to 180 degree Fan setting.
- Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 1 minute until soft and pliable.
- Separate the dough into 3 even sections. Roll each section into a rope about 1 inch thick and 8 to 10 inches long.
- Braid the strands of the bread and tuck the ends underneath. Place the formed bread on a parchment-lined sheet tray, and allow to rest for about 15 minutes in a warm place.
- Brush the braided bread with egg (or olive oil), sprinkle with sesame seeds and sugar, and bake for about 40 minutes or until golden.
I hope you try making this bread and if you do please do leave me a comment.