With the price of bread going through the roof (premium bread can easily be over £1 a loaf now in the UK) it’s good to make your own once in a while. The secret to the kind of fluffy bread I like is to use buttermilk but I like to add wheat bran, rye flour or in this case toasted soya flakes which has twice the fibre as wheat bran.
Two cups of strong white flour
3/4 cup of Buttermilk
1 heaped tablespoon of toasted soya bran
1 tablespoon butter of margarine
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar or honey (split between yeast and dry ingredients)
1 packet of fast action dried yeast
Mix the yeast with warm water in a cup and add 1 teaspoon of sugar or honey and allow yeast to to activate.
Melt butter in a pan or microwave before mixing with remainder of the ingredients which includes 1 teaspoon of sugar or honey.
Once the yeast has has activated on the sugar and risen in the cup add to the dry ingredients and kneed for a few minutes.Add milk or water if required.
Allow dough to rise in place ether pre-formed into bread rolls or loaf. Dust with flour and cover the dough until it doubles in size (I put the baking tray over a bowl of water heated in a microwave oven to enable a low heat source from underneath).
Cook at 220 /Gas mark 7 for 20 mins.
If a softer topped bread is required then either cover with a damp paper towel once removed from the oven or brush with a thin film of butter or margarine.
Recipe can be modified by adding cheese , herbs, rye, sesame seeds etc to taste.
Download a PDF version of this recipe here.