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White loaf

This loaf has a lovely soft, airy texture that’s perfect for sandwiches. Choose a soft filling, such as egg mayonnaise, for a lunch that’s easy to eat, even if you have difficulty chewing or a sore mouth from a treatment such as chemotherapy.

White loaf finger sandwiches larger size
 
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40-50 minutes
Makes: 1 loaf

Ingredients
¼ pint water
30g butter
¼ pint milk
30g yeast
720g strong bread flour
15g salt
15g sugar

Method
Warm the water, butter and milk to around 38°C and dissolve the yeast in the liquids. Leave to activate for 10 minutes, until little bubbles form on top of the water.

Place the flour, salt and sugar into a bowl. Add the liquid and using your hands or the dough hook of a kitchen mixer, knead the dough for 8-12 minutes. You are looking for a well-combined dough that does not feel wet and has a great stretch without breaking.

Leave the dough in a warm place until doubled in size.

Knock back the dough and place in a baking tin, then let the dough rise again to double its original size.

Put water in a tray in the bottom of your oven to generate steam and ensure you get a beautiful crust. Bake the loaf at 220°C for 40-50 minutes until golden brown.

Tap the base of the loaf; it should sound hollow when fully baked. Take the loaf out of the tin and place on a cooling rack for 1-2 hours before eating.

Tip
Some flours take more water and some less, depending on their water content when milled. Add a little water if the dough feels too dry or some more flour if it is too sticky.

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