Zed's Bread

This is a recipe from a children's book sent to Dan by his nan. We like the bread as it is a typically British loaf, low in sweetness.

4 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 pkt dried yeast
9-10 fl oz lukewarm water
1 TBsp sunflower oil
milk for brushing
(recipe halved from original to fit a bread machine should you use it)

Sieve the flour and the salt into the bowl. Mix in the dried yeast. Make a well in the centre and add the warm water and the oil. Stir them all together and make the dough into a ball.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it's smooth and elastic.

Put the dough back in the bowl and cover with clingfilm. Leave it in a warm place for about an hour, until it has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven at 400°F. Shape your bread as you wish, and leave it on a greased baking tray for about 40 minutes until it doubles in size again. Then brush lightly with milk and put in the hot oven for 12-15 minutes for rolls, a few minutes longer for loaves.

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