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Bread recipe

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I made bread many years ago at a course and it tasted good but we didn't make a loaf, it was one you shape as you wish. I don't have the recipe but I've fnally bought a KitchenAid mixer (if it helps in this case) and want to try making bread. I live in the UK so would need instructions suited hopefully.

 

I don't have a loaf tin I don't think, unless you can use one that is used for cakes which isn't really big. I want to make white bread as a starter, does anyone have any good recipes to suit my needs?

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I'm a little confused. You do, or you don't, wish to make a free-standing loaf?

 

If you're wishing to make a sandwich-bread type loaf, that you will need an appropriate pan. They come in several sizes, with 3 x 5 x 9 inches being typical. Once you make the dough it is shaped properly and put in the pan to bake.

 

On the other hand, free-standing (what, today, are often called "artisan") loaves are more difficult to make, but the end results can be worth the effort.

 

Either way, I suggest you pick up a  bread-baking book, so that you familiarize yourself with the basics. We can then help with any specific questions you might have.

 

One thing to keep in mind: Unless the recipe you are using specifies otherwise, when kneading by machine you want to use half the recommended time as a rule of thumb. That is, if the recipe says "knead 10 minutes," you want to go only five minutes with the machine, and then see what the dough is like.

 

BTW, in that regard, bread making really is a tactile thing. I really recommend that you make your first few loaves, at least, by hand, so as to develop a feel for what dough is supposed to be like, how it behaves, etc.

They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #3 of 3
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I don't mind making either.

 

I saw a youtube video which was fairly simple (though I've not tasted it) which used a cake loaf tin and used the dough hook on a machine. I will get the recipe and write it out here.

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