This is the basic bread recipe that we have had most success with, it was given to us by our demonstrator when we purchased our Thermomix. Bread making is such a nice process and nothing beats a fresh warm loaf that you have made from scratch. When we first purchased our machine we made bread almost every day – and had plenty of flops along the way – including quite a few bricks in the early days! Practice makes perfect (and the failures are usually still good for croutons or bread crumbs). These days we don’t make as much as we eat less bread; I tend to make more rolls, flavoured loaves and scrolls for the kid’s lunchboxes. But I do still enjoy making a loaf just for the sake of it every now and then – especially if the sun is out and I think “it’s a good day for dough to rise”.
I have created an information sheet with some tips that we have picked up along the way which help to achieve a good loaf. You can download this here. If you are new to bread making I would suggest having a read before you start.
- 300g lukewarm water (280g if you have rainwater)
- 1.5 tsp yeast
- 500g baker’s flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 15g light oil
- Add all ingredients to the bowl in the order listed.
- Mix 5 seconds, speed 5.
- Knead 4 minutes, interval setting.
- Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl or mat and let rise 10-15 minutes. I use my mat and wrap the ball of dough up like a parcel.
- Knock down after first rise and shape (in tin) and let rise until doubled in size (this may take anywhere between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours)
- Bake at 200 degrees until lightly browned on top.
- Turn out straight away onto a cooling rack to cool. Don’t leave it in the tin or it will sweat.