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How to make your own bread

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Most people love freshly-baked bread but don't bother to make their own. Yet it can take literally minutes to make the dough. So just follow these simple steps and you could be eating a freshly baked loaf in less than two hours.
What you'll need: 
1lb 8oz (700g) strong white bread flour
1 packet (7g) instant yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 heaped tbsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
15fl oz (400ml) hand-hot water
Nuts and seeds
1: 
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and include a few handfuls of your favourite seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, poppy or sesame, or chopped nuts e.g. walnut.
2: 
Pour in the vegetable oil.
3: 
Boil the kettle and pour 5fl.oz hot water into a jug. Top up with 10fl.oz cold water and the result will be water at the right temperature.
4: 
Pour the water into the bowl and stir the mixture together with a spoon.
5: 
Now reach in and start bringing the mixture together with your hands, kneading roughly until it forms a soft, smooth ball. This should only take a few minutes but you can knead for 10 – 20 minutes if you want to as the dough will only improve.
6: 
Grease two 1lb loaf tins and divide the dough in two and place each half in a loaf tin.
7: 
Wrap a plastic bag loosely round each tin and leave in a warm place for about one hour. The dough should double in size.
8: 
Heat the oven to 200oC or Gas Mark 6.
9: 
Sprinkle some flour on top of each loaf and bake in the oven for 40 – 45 minutes. Test that they are done by tapping the bottom of each loaf – they should sound hollow.
10: 
Cool the bread on wire racks.
Conclusion: 
Bread is best eaten cold so make sure you leave the loaves to cool and then enjoy one and freeze the other for another day.
Tips: 
If you want more wholemeal bread, substitute up to 8oz (225g) of strong white flour for strong wholemeal and bake it for 5 - 10 minutes longer. (You can use more wholemeal if you prefer, but you will need to add a second packet of yeast or it won't rise properly, and it may need a little extra water.)

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