So this morning Becksie decided to watch a little bit of catch up television. Her selection the first episode of Paul Hollywood’s programme about bread!
Ok – this guy is Mr. Bread so……. Becksie was a little surprised by his revelation that using tepid water to activate the yeast is ‘a myth’! Now Becksie has spent a lot of time reading about bread making. Has practiced a lot (ok ok not as much as Mr. Hollywood) and has got to a stage where she is reasonably ok at it and all her (extensive hehe) research and teaching from her late Nana, her own little mummy and even recently the WI teacher says tepid water is the way forward! But……. this is Mr. Bread so Becksie put her grey moustache on and set to work. The following is a (very) rough paraphrase of Mr. Hollywood’s recipe complete with photos of Becksie Hollywood’s attempt to make the ‘perfect bloomer’! Ok Hollywood your on! Lets see the results!
500grams bread flour
7grams quick yeast
Put the yeast and salt in opposites of the bowl
Add a good glug of Olive oil
320ml water – cold please it’s a myth to use warm water
Cool water lets the yeast grow slowly giving the bread a better taste.
Fingers in like a claw to mix it
Knead knead knead
Dough will be rough but knead for 10 minutes the dough will look smooth
Use your weight to knead the bread this gets rid of bingo wings
Place in bowl
Clingfilm over the bowl to prevent the air from drying out the crust
Prove for about 2 hrs until it’s at least doubled in size
Smash out the air this gives you a better structure
Flatten and fold it into itself make it into a bloomer shape
Second prove for about 2hours
Hot oven 225c for 25 minutes!
And now a professional baking secret fill a baking dish with cold water in the bottom of the oven this will create a ‘beautiful’ steam bath (his word’s not ours) allowing expansion and a giving a lovely golden brown crust
If its hollow it’s ready
Do not eat when hot!
Well the loaf looks lovely but a little flat!
Kneading cold dough was bizarre and felt to Becksie wrong
The olive oil tip didn’t really work that well
The extra oil has made the inside of the loaf more like a foccacio and not at all bloomer like
Sorry Paul you may be Mr. Bread but……….. tepid water and my Nana’s recipe produce better results for me. However the one you made looked AMAZING and if you want to give Becksie a personal bread making lesson to correct her mistakes please feel free to get in touch – she will definitely wear the moustache!