The weather seems to be getting better and I spent the last 3 weeks, resting and having quality family. I started writing this blog initially for the ‘Mental Health Awareness’ week – when I learnt about the importance of rest, through baking bread.
Life is busy but our body, mind and soul needs rest. Likewise, for your bread dough to rise, you need to allow time for the gluten to rest. Although I recently spoke about being more consistent on this blog (making two blog post every week), however our little man started teething and we went from sleeping through the night to waking up every couple of hours to console him. I was exhausted and mentally drained. So, even though I had already started writing this recipe, I took a break to heal and this has helped me to be a better mum for my son. It has also helped me to be more organised with my blog. This coincided with our family holiday, so there was more time to rest and my parents supported us with the baby. I am back to the UK with more energy and ready to take on new challenges and smash the remainder of my goals for this year.
The point I am trying to make is this…..REST IS IMPORTANT for you to be at your best. Our loved ones don’t get the best of us when we are tired and worn out. So as you start the month of June, take some time to rest and enjoy time with your loved ones.
Here is a simple recipe for making bread
- 500g. Strong Bread Flour
- 4g (1 Sachet). Fast Action Dried Yeast
- 5g. Salt
- 3Tbsp. Sugar
- 320g. Water
Lets get started:-
- Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt and flour. Beat until smooth.
- Gradually add the remaining flour – (using your hands) to mix the ingredients until the dough starts to form. Tip: Rub some oil on your fingers to prevent the dough from sticking )
- Knead the dough for 5 – 10mins and transfer it into a lightly oiled bowl.
- Cover with cling film or a tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place until it has doubled in size (This should take at least 1 hour).
- Knock back the dough (use your fists to punch the dough) and knead for another 5 minutes.
- Place the kneaded dough into a lightly grease a loaf tin ( I used a 200ml tin).
- Cover the dough and allow it to prove until it doubles in size (another 20-30mins).
- Preheat the oven to 250˚C (10mins before baking)
- Lightly brush the dough with water and bake for 20mins or until golden brown.
- Brush lightly with water and place in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown. A good method to test if the bread is ready is to tap each loaf on the base and listen for a hollow sound. Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes if the bread is not ready. Turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool before serving