Blog 'n' bake: Making a loaf of bread from scratch

Baking your own bread really could not be any simpler (or cheaper). We throw our money away on bread from the local shop when the chances are we probably have all the ingredients sitting in our cupboards waiting to be used! Bread is so fun to make, and leaves your house smelling like a country cottage all day. It's so basic, you'll be baking your own bread every week. This was my first try since home-economics classes back in primary school and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Here's the recipe:

Ingredients (to make a small loaf for two)

250g wholemeal bread flour
15g salted butter
2 pinches of salt
3.5g dried yeast
2.5g granulated sugar
155ml cold water straight from the tap

1) Mix the flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the salt, sugar and yeast.

2) Throw in the butter, then the water, and mix together until you form a soft dough.

3) Important bit - Sprinkle a surface with flour and knead the bread by turning and folding for a solid 10 minutes. Keep that surface flour-y, otherwise the mixture will stick.

4) Place the dough on a baking tray sprinkled (lightly) with flour and leave in a warm room to rise.

5) When the dough has risen to twice it's size (roughly an hour or two) score a cross across the top with a sharp knife.

6) Place in a preheated oven 200degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

7) Once it's done, leave to cool then serve in slices with some of your favourite soup!