Basic bread: J Oliver variety (Wed 13.01).

‘basic bread’ recipe from J. Oliver in “The Naked Chef”. Similar recipe found here on his website.


The book.                                             For real.

- 625 g lukewarm water           - 625 g lukewarm water
- 30 g honey or sugar            - 30 g honey
- 30 g yeast                     - 40 g yeast (didn't want to throw 10g away)
- 500 g white bread flour        - 500 g white bread flour
- 500 g semolina  flour          - 500 g organic italian tipo 00 flour
- 30 g salt                      - 2 teaspoons salt (18 g)

The amount of salt is very high imo.

1. Mix half of the water with the honey and the yeast. Did this in the large bowl, not very practical. I would dissolve both in max. 100 g water.

Pour the flour and salt on a working surface.

Make a well in the middle, add the yeast mixture,

and start mixing the flour.

Add the additional water and continue mixing till all the flour is used. Do this in a large bowl seems easier to me for a first time baker.

Knead the dough for 5 minutes.

Leave to rise for until doubled in size 40 to 90 minutes.

This one doubled in size in less than 60 minutes.

3. Knead the dough for 1 minute (forgot this one). Form into 2 loaves

and leave to rise for antoher hour until doubled in size. Again less than 1 hour.

4. loaves should have doubled in size.

The oven and baking time are not given in the basic recipe. Bake in a pre heated oven at 225 C for 20 to 25 minutes. Done after 32 minutes, maybe difference in oven.