However, a few years have passed and I have recovered enough from my abject failure to attempt it once more.
After long and arduous research, I came across a recipe that appeared to have merit, namely:
Susan's Easy Basic White Sandwich Bread Recipe
It ended up making a really delicious white bread. It's denser than store bought bread and more filling (and will probably not keep as long, due to a lack of preservatives) but also really, really good.
I cut the recipe in three, halved the yeast, couldn't find any bread flour and didn't have any Canola oil so here's how I did it.
3 1/3 cups (825ml) Flour
1 tsp (5ml) Instant Yeast
2 tsp (10ml) Sugar
2 tsp (10ml) Butter / Margarine
1 1/3 cups (325ml) Milk
1/2 tbsp (7.5ml) Salt
- Mix 1 1/3 cups (325ml) of flour, the yeast and the sugar together.
- Heat the milk and butter / margarine until the butter melts and then let it cool until only slightly warm.
- Make a hole in the flour mixture and pour the buttermilk into it, mixing vigourously. (Yay for lumps)
- Now gradually add the rest of the flour, mixing as you go. It should stop sticking to your fingers by the time you're done.
- Knead the dough for about 6 to 7 minutes. (My poor weak arms :( )
- Cover the dough and rest your arms for 20 minutes (while the dough autolyses or something)
- Now flatten the dough, sprinkle half the salt on it. Fold it a few times, flatten again and sprinkle the rest of the salt on it.
- Back to kneading! Take your frustrations out on it for another 5 to 7 minutes.
- Put back in the bowl, sprinkle some flour on it, cover and put in a warmish place (about 21ºC apparently). Now take a well earned rest until the dough has doubled in size (about an hour and a half).
- Remove the dough from the bowl and flatten it (I've been told to be gentle with the dough at this stage, I failed). Now you can either roll it up and fold the sides in, making a nice roll, or you can follow a more complicated route, detailed here.
- Place your roll in a bread pan (seam side down) and sprinkle with flour, like so:
- Cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise until it's once again doubled it's size, took about another hour and a half.
- Bake in a 190ºC oven for 35 minutes.
- Turn out on a baking tray (I don't own one of these) and let it cool down for about 40 minutes before cutting (yeah right).
Don't worry sprout, soon you will grow big!
Yes, I know it has bubbles. :/