As a student, I never knew there was this thing called “simple bread”. I always thought you had to be a baker, had to have the exact amount and that it was most likely to go horribly wrong… But no! You just knead the bread and leave it alone for a while, that’s how simple it can be! You need a total of 3 hours, of which 2.5 hours you can spend any way you like.
Baking bread is SO relaxing, seriously! If you’ve followed me for a while now you’ll probably know that I’m very easily stressed and spend a lot of my time worrying about stuff… Well, I spent the whole 10 minutes I needed to knead the bread only thinking about the work I was doing. Okay yes, I might have worried (“Will I ever get my hands loose from this dough again? Oh shit, now it’s stuck to my workbench…”) but I didn’t think about school. Not once.
Move over yoga: kneading bread is way more relaxing!
Anyway, as soon as I had my hands covered in flour and dough I realized I don’t actually know how to knead bread. Yes, you can laugh at me but I had no idea! I knew I was supposed to press my palms into it but it felt sort of stupid, I was only moving the dough around my workbench… But I got the hang of it after a while (I think. I was sort of folding the dough???). If you don’t want to find out yourself goooo to this link here for an instruction video 😉
Baking bread is not only relaxing, it’s very simple too. You mix the ingredients, wait for a bit, mix and knead for 10 minutes, you wait for two hours and a bit, and then you bake the bread. Easy, right? I always thought it was superduper complicated and that you needed an exactly right amount of ingredients but that’s not even necessary! It’s just kneading and waiting.
So, onto this simple bread. I found this recipe by “Cook with Cushi” for something called Vienna bread on Pinterest, and decided to play around with the ingredients. I wanted to make a savoury bread to accompany the Cauliflower soup we were having for dinner, so I swapped the sugar for other ingredients. (If you’d like to make this soup, click here) I like adjusting recipes to make something delicious!
I added garlic and some herbs, but it would be perfectly fine to make the simple bread without. Or, add some other flavours! I can imagine rosemary would be great as well.
- Skim milk, 175ml
- Active yeast, 4g
- Flour, 230g
- Salt, 1 tablespoon at least
- Butter, 2 tablespoons
- Garlic, 2 cloves
- Egg, 1 piece
- Herbs, 1 spoonful
- Warm up the milk and add the yeast. Let this stand for 10 minutes.
- Add in the salt and the flour and mix well.
- Add the butter and transfer to workbench. Knead (see video) for around 10 minutes until you have a soft dough. Don't worry about the stickiness: I didn't add any extra flour and it turned out fine.
- Place the dough back into the bowl, cover with a cloth and leave this for an hour in a warm place.
- Divide the dough in two portions, shape them into rolls and wait for fifteen minutes again.
- Mix the egg, some salt and herbs together and brush over the rolls.
- Cut with a knife to create the "slices" and cover this for another hour.
- Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.
- Bake the breads for 20 minutes, or until done.
- Serve with some herb cheese!