Real Bread Week was started in 2009 to celebrate all that is good about proper home baked (or from small bakeries) bread. Unlike commercial bread real bread only contains basic ingredients and NO artificial additives as commercial bread does. Even the fresh bread in the supermarket very often contains artificial additives that you don't know about as it doesn't have to have a contents label on it if it is made there and then.
Commercial bread has all sorts of artificial additives to make it whiter, last longer and allegedly taste better.
Real bread is made from stone ground flour rather than commercially roller ground flour which crushes out all the fibre and goodness from the grain.
The aim of Real Bread Week is to get people talking about bread, baking their own and supporting local bakeries.
Here is how to make your own bread at school or at home;
- 500g wholemeal flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 pkt of quick acting yeast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 300ml warm water
- 1 tbsp clear honey
Preheat oven to 180C
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
Mix honey, oil and warm water and pour this into the bowl.
Tip out onto floured surface and knead the dough for about 5 minutes.
Press into an oiled loaf tin, cover with plastic and leave for 1 hour to prove.
Make 3 slits in the bread and bake for 30-35 minutes till risen and golden.
Tip out of tin and tap the bottom, it should sound hollow.
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This is a quick and easy bread to make that requires no proving time.
- 170g self raising wholemeal flour
- 170g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 290ml buttermilk
Preheat oven to 200C
Mix all the dry ingredients well in a large bowl
Slowly add the buttermilk and mix well using a fork then get your hands in there and bring it together as a dough, not too wet or sticky though
Tip out on to floured surface and knead then make into a round shape pate down just a littel and cut a large X on the top
Pop on to an oiled baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes
Tap on the underside to make sure it has that hollow sound
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Here is a link to the Real Bread site