Recipe: Momma Jo’s Bread

During lockdown, in order to save costs, I started baking our daily bread. After a lot of trial and error, here are is my favourite kneaded bread recipe.

Recipe: Momma Jo's Bread
During lockdown, in order to save costs, I started baking our daily bread. After a lot of trial and error, here are is my favourite kneaded bread recipe.

Momma Jo's Bread

Prep Time1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 2 Loaves

Ingredients

  • 500 ml warm water
  • 15 ml white sugar
  • 8 g sachet yeast
  • 8 ml salt
  • 60 ml oil
  • 640 g flour you can use all purpose flour or bread flour (I prefer all purpose)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water
  • Stir in the yeast and set aside until it start to bloom (foam), this takes about 5 min
  • Mix the salt and oil into the yeast mixture
  • Mix the flour into the yeast mixture, one cup at a time
  • Knead the dough on a well floured surface for 7 min
  • Place in a well oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth
  • Leave to proof for 1 hour
  • Your dough should double in size
  • Preheat oven to 175°C
  • Punch the dough down
  • Knead for 1 minute and divide in half
  • Shape into loaves and place into 2 loaf pans lined with baking paper
  • Allow to rise for 30 min
  • Bake for 30 - 40 min
  • Remove the bread from the pans and baking paper
  • Brush with butter and allow to cool on a cooking rack

Notes

To make french baguettes, divide the dough in to 4 and shape into long rolls, snip the tops after final proofing and bake for 30 - 40 minutes.