Easy Bread making for Baking Beginners

Learning to make your own bread can be one of the most rewarding baking techniques which you can master. Shop bought bread will be a thing of the past as the aroma of homemade bread fills your kitchen! Perfect for beginners in baking, baking with kids or those looking for a quick bake.

No Knead Tear and Share Bread Rolls

 

  • 500g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 1tsp active dry yeast 
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 300ml warm water

 

  1. Mix together the flour, dry yeast, salt and sugar. Slowly pour in the water and use a spoon to mix the dough until combined. 
  2. Bring the dough together to form a ball, place in a bowl and cover with a slightly oiled piece of clingfilm or beeswax wrap. Leave for 5 hours to rise in a warm place. 
  3. When the dough has doubled in size after 5 hours, lightly push the dough back then pull orange sized pieces of dough roll into a ball and place on a lined baking tray. Repeat with the remaining dough. Leave the dough to rise for a further 30 minutes covered with clingfilm or beeswax wrap. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 180 degrees. 
  4. Remove the wrap, brush the top of the bread rolls with milk and bake for 35 -45 minutes until golden brown and well risen.

Small French Baguettes

  • 375ml warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1tsp salt
  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

 

  1. Mix the warm water with the dry yeast until the yeast has dissolved. Gently stir in the salt and flour until the mixture forms a soft dough which can be kneaded.
  2. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for 5 minutes. 
  3. Put the kneaded dough into a bowl and cover the bowl with lightly greased cling film or beeswax wrap and leave to rise in a warm place for an hour.
  4. When the dough has doubled in size, punch back the dough then replace the cover and leave to rise for another hour. 
  5. Knock back the dough, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a further 5 minutes. Then shape into 6 rolls, place onto a greased baking tray and leave to rise for another hour.
  6. When risen, shape the rolls into small baguettes and using a knife make 3 slash marks in the top of the baguettes. Leave to rise for a further 30-40 minutes until they have doubled in size.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and when the baguettes have doubled in size bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown.

First time making your own bread or looking to improve your skills, take a look at our top tips for making your own bread.