The River Cottage Bread Handbook by Daniel StevensThe River Cottage farm, established by British food personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to promote high-quality, local, and sustainable food, has inspired a television series, restaurants and classes, and a hit series of books. In this new addition to the award-winning collection, River Cottage baking instructor Daniel Stevens shares his irrepressible enthusiasm and knowledge to help you bake better bread. From familiar classics such as ciabatta and pizza dough, to new challenges like potato bread, rye loaves, tortillas, naan, croissants, doughnuts, and bagels, each easy-to-follow recipe is accompanied by full-color, step-by-step photos. There’s even an in-depth chapter on building your own backyard wood-fired oven.
Bread with character: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's recipes for sourdough
A few of you may have started reading a previous version of this post — the perils of trying to write from a phone. Not with a bread machine, not even with a dough hook on a kitchenaid, but by hand the old fashioned way. Now although I love bread…. However, I was talking to Dad the other day about how you can leave a loaf to do its first prove overnight in the fridge, and it was worth a shot! I made the River Cottage simple white loaf , and have tried it both with the overnight prove, and just baked with the normal prove in a warm place, and both turned out really well.
I decided to take things back to basics today, bread-wise. So I did some digging around for a basic white loaf recipe, and came up trumps with the River Cottage Simple White Loaf recipe. Thank you, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall! And not just because I really like saying your surname. And, more importantly, that I wanted to bake. For some unearthly reason.
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Combine the flour, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the liquid, and with one hand, mix to a rough dough. Mix in the fat if you are including. If necessary, add a little more flour or liquid to make a soft, easily kneadable, sticky dough. Turn the dough out on to a work surface and clean your hands.