Make your own Bread

Make your own Bread

Bread is something that we all eat. Some of us might try to avoid it but we all love to eat it and I’m sure most of you will agree that freshly baked bread is the best! So why not bake your own?

I grew up with my mum preparing fresh bread every morning before school. She used to make it in a bread machine, which she programmed the night before. Bread machines are amazing in that respect because they can do the work for you whilst you’re busy. However, making your own bread without a machine really isn’t that time consuming and is really fun! The waiting process takes a bit of time but the actual hands on work isn’t too demanding! Once your bread dough is made and risen, you can have a lot of fun shaping it!

The children in my classes LOVE making bread; it’s one of our most popular recipes. I love giving them time to shape their own bread rolls and be creative. Sometimes we get amazing plaits, knots, swirls, hearts, dogs, cats, horses, Donald Trump’s Wall… oddly creative! The best thing is, whatever the shape, they come out of the oven smelling and tasting amazing. It can be great family fun! 

Below is my easy recipe for making your own bread rolls. Make sure to be creative with them and enjoy not only the making but the eating too!

White Rolls

(Makes 10 Small Rolls)

500g Strong Bread Flour

2 Tsp Salt

7g Fast Action Dried yeast

300ml Warm Water

Oil, for greasing

Egg Wash (1 egg mixed with 1Tbsp cold water)

  1. Stir together the flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. 
  2. Pour about 250ml of the warm water into the flour mixture. Use a cutlery knife (less surface area making it easier to mix and much easier to clean!) to quickly stir the water into the flour. The ingredients will come together in large flakes. Where the mixture looks dry, add some of the remaining water and continue to stir until all of the dough comes together. 
  3. Dust a clean work surface with flour. Bring the dough together in your hands and place on the work surface. Knead the bread dough until it is smooth and it springs back when you press it. 
  4. Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough inside. Cover with a lightly oiled piece of Clingfilm and leave the dough to rise for about an hour, until it has doubled in size. 
  5. Once it has risen, knock the dough back (knead it again) and then separate it into 10 even sized rolls. 
  6. Use your hands to smooth the rolls and make sure they are perfectly round, or be creative with them by making other shapes. 
  7. Place the rolls on a lightly oiled baking sheet, cover with oiled clingfilm and leave them to rise again for about 20 minutes. 
  8. Check that the rolls are ready by gently poking your little finger into the side of one. If the hole you make remains, then the roll is ready to be baked. 
  9. Brush the tops of the rolls with egg wash (this will give them a golden finish). 
  10. Bake the rolls in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden and sound hollow when you tap them from underneath. 

| Rachel Gerrish

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