How to bake your own bread
Updated: Aug 13
Soon that wonderful smell of freshly baked bread will also be in your house, because baking bread yourself is not that difficult at all.
You don't need much to bake bread yourself: flour, yeast, water and a little salt. An oven or a bread maker. Oh yes, and a little patience comes in handy too.
HOW TO BAKE YOUR OWN BREAD
Servings: 1 bread of 500 grams Preparation time: 1,5-2 hours + 30 minutes in the oven
500 grams of wheat flour 21 grams of fresh yeast or 7 grams of dried yeast 1 teaspoon of salt 275 ml of water
Add the flour and salt in a bowl and mix together. Then make a pit in the middle and put the dried yeast in it. Then slowly add the water. (If you are using fresh yeast, crush it in another bowl together with the water and let it rest for 15 minutes. Then add this mixture to the flour.)
With your hands, mix a little more flour into the yeast mixture, and continue mixing until everything hangs together.
Then knead the dough for 15 minutes. The dough is ready if you can stretch it very thin without tearing it. If you find kneading hard work, this can also be done with the help of the bread maker.
Fold the edges of the dough towards the center so that it becomes a ball. Turn the ball over and place it in a clean bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 30 minutes.
Once the dough has risen, shape the bread. Put some flour on the work surface and place the dough face down on the surface. Push it flat and shape your bread by rebuilding it into a ball, or an oblong bread, or several small rolls.
Place the bread on the baking tray or in a greased bread baking tin, cover again with plastic wrap and let it rise until it has doubled in volume.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 230 ° C.
When the dough has doubled in volume, remove the plastic wrap and finish the bread with a little flour or seeds on top, or cut it a few times with a sharp knife. Then put it into the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
To check that the bread is ready, turn it over and pat the bottom of the bread. If that sounds hollow, your bread is ready. Let it cool on a baking grid.
As already mentioned, you can also use a bread maker. This is especially useful if you don't have much time because the machine does the work for you.
If you want to keep it easy, you can also opt for a bread mix. This contains everything necessary to make bread, you just have to add water to it.