Friday, 24 January 2014

Perfect bread - and it's so easy!

I first saw this bread recipe in a Finnish blog - I'm sharing a quick translation as I don't know if it's available anywhere in English.

7 dl plain flour (Note: 10 dl in one Litre, if you're unfamiliar with decilitre)
2 tsp salt
0,5 tsp dry yeast
3,5 dl lukewarm water

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, and add the water. Mix it all with a wooden spoon (to be honest, I can't think of why it should be a wooden spoon, but that's what the Finnish version says, lol..) Then, cover the bowl with cling film, leaving no air holes, and let the dough rise for 12-18 hours.

Heat the oven to Gas Mark 7 (225 C, 425 F), and preheat an oven dish (one with a lid). Meanwhile, shape the bread dough into a ball (it's quite sticky, so you'll need plenty of flour on the countertop and on the dough itself), loosely cover it with cling film, and let it rest on the counter for about 30 minutes.

Finally, just toss the dough ball into the preheated oven dish, put the lid on, and bake in Gas Mark 7 (225 C, 425 F) for 30 minutes. Then, take the lid off, and bake for 15 minutes without the lid.

Result: perfect bread! =D

I actually just let the dough rise for about six hours as it was already getting too big for the bowl (see above), and I'd also just made a puff pastry onion tart, so the oven was already hot =) The result was still perfect, though!

I'll definitely make this bread again, and I'm also thinking of adding stuff to the dough. For example, garlic powder / oregano / chopped olives..

PS, If anyone finds decilitres (or litres) confusing, just google for some measurement conversion tables or calculators. There are plenty of those available online, for free.

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