I usually make soda bread here in the cottage, made with bread soda. I thought for a change I'd make yeast bread. I use quick acting yeast that I bought in my local health shop in one package. Some use individual packets which increases waste.
The secret to getting the hard crust is cooking the bread in a pre-heated casserole dish with a lid. It's called a dutch oven. The bread effectively steams in the oven creating this wonderful crispy crust.
This recipe is adapted from Dove Farm quick white bread.
Oven temp: pre heated oven 200c or 400f
500g or 2 cups of sieved bread flour. I used spelt flour.
1 tsp quick acting yeast. I used the English brand Dove Farm.
1 tsp salt. I used pink Himalayan salt
325mls or 1.5 cups warm water
(optional)1 tbsp oil. I used rapeseed oil.
Sieve the flour into a bowl or on a clean table.
Add the yeast and salt and combine.
Make a well in the middle and gradually add the water until all combined.
Add the oil gradually with the water and knead into a smooth ball.
Place covered in a warm place for approx 45 minutes.
Transfer to a preheated container with lid and cook for 50 minutes.
Wrap in a towel after for about 15-30 minutes and then enjoy.
I love eating this fresh with jam. The flavour is slightly similar to soda bread but the crusty top is heavenly.
Thanks for reading and enjoy making.