Snacks

Farm-style Bread

I don’t think there is anything that compares to the smell of warm, freshly-baked bread. The homey aromas that fill up the kitchen with each baked batch brings about nostalgic memories from the past. The trick is to cut a thick slice as soon as it comes out of the oven and quickly spread it with a layer of margarine so it melts marvellously into the fluffy dough. Finish off this indulgence with a slight sprinkle coarse sea salt on top.

Farm-style bread

Serves: 10
Prep Time: 1 hour Cooking Time: 1 hour

A delicious homemade bread that will melt your heart quicker than the margarine melts into the warm, fluffy dough.

Ingredients

  • 1kg bread flour (white or brown)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon (7.5ml) salt
  • 1x packet of yeast
  • 1 litre warm water (boil kettle and let water cool down)
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) vegan margarine (e.g. Flora)
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) sugar
  • Sugar water for basting (1 tablespoon sugar dissolved in 1/2 cup water)

Instructions

1

Turn oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2

Place margarine in warm water to melt.

3

Sift flour, salt, yeast and sugar together in a bowl.

4

Add 800ml of the water mixture bit by bit and mix well (if it needs more water, you can add the rest).

5

Knead the dough well. Place dough in a bowl and wrap in blankets. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes until it is double its size. (Tip: It helps to place the bowl dough inside a plastic packet, then wrap it in blankets and then place it in the sun for 30 minutes).

6

In the meantime, grease a bread tin with margarine.

7

Knead the dough again and place it in the greased bread tin.

8

Wrap the dough and let it rise again for about 15 minutes until it fills ¾ of the bread tin.

9

Bake the bread for 1 hour.

10

Brush with sugar-water mix to keep the crust crunchy (optional)

The South African Vegan Cookbook

Available in leading book stores – 14 September 2018

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