I love making bread, taking few simple ingredients like flour, yeast, salt and water and create magic!
Bread is at the base of every community. In Italy, as in many other countries, the mill and the wood oven used to be shared by many family to mill their grains and then bake their goods.
Bread used to be the most consumed food in UK centuries ago and now is relegated to a small piece of bread at the beginning of the meal. I have to say that I miss the big bread basket that is forever present on the Italians tables and that in restaurants is removed only when the pudding is served..
500g strong white bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
15g fresh yeast or 1 sachet dried yeast
300-350ml lukewarm water
In a bowl add the yeast, the sugar and flour and stir. Then add the salt and the water.
Gently stir with your hand or a wooden spoon to form a dough then knead the dough for ten minutes.
Return the dough to the bowl, cover and leave to rise until doubled in size, about 1 or 2 hours.
Line a baking sheets with baking paper, spread a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Tip the dough out of the bowl into the baking tray.
Flatten it onto a baking sheet, pushing to the corners, and press the tips of your fingers in the dough, then leave to prove for one hour.
Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 7.
In a small bowl add 3 tbsp of water and 3 tbsp olive oil then mix until combined.
Drizzle the dough with the oil mix, sprinkle with coarse salt then bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.