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The snow has finally gone! Hopefully this means spring is on it’s way. To celebrate I thought I’d make some bread as the sun was shining and the smell of freshly baked bread filling the kitchen just seemed appropriate.

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If you’ve never made bread before you should as it’s surprisingly simple and there aren’t many ingredients you knead (see what I did there!).

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Kneading the bread is really therapeutic and relaxing. Make sure you really get stuck in and don’t be afraid to get your hands doughy.

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Even in the beginning stages the smell is just so cosy and homely. I think it’s because of the stronger flour which is used in bread baking.

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And, I know this is cliched, but the smell which fills the kitchen is just mouth watering.

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Eat straight out of the oven with butter, cheese and fresh tomatoes. The butter and cheese melt straight away and it just one of those small pleasures of life!

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The inside is soft and light which contrasts with the crisp crust. There is a faint taste of olive oil which is delicious.

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Each one comes out an individual shape!

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Ingredients:

500g strong white flour
2tsp salt
7g fast action yeast
3tbsp olive oil
300ml lukewarm water 
Recipe (Good Food)… makes 10 rolls/ 1 loaf
 

Sift the flour into a bowl with the salt on one side and the yeast on another. Make a well in the middle and pour in the water and olive oil. Using your hands mix everything together then start to knead in the bowl until a ball is formed. Flour your work surface and knead the dough, pushing it away from you then bringing it back, for about 10-15 minutes. Pour about 1 1/2tsp of olive oil into a bowl and spread it around the edges. Put the dough in the middle, place a tea towel over the top and put in a cool, dry place.

One hour later take it out a knead for about 3 minutes. Then, place back in the bowl with the tea towel over the top and leave to rise for another hour in a cool, dry place. After this final rising, knead for 2-3 minutes then flour your hands (to stop the dough sticking from your hands). Break into 12 pieces and roll into a ball. Put in the oven for 25 minutes or they rolls are golden brown all over. Take out of the oven and EAT!

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Try sprinkling poppy seeds or sunflower seed for extra flavour and crunch.

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