Anna Brasier lives in Yarraville and enjoys writing short stories and also writes for her blog, www.amillionshades.wordpress.com.
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Published May 30th 2013
Bread baking; winter comfort food
Fill your kitchen with warmth and treat your family to freshly home cooked bread.
Usually I do most of my baking on the weekend, however, this recipe is so quick and easy to prepare, that I can make it any day.
Baking bread always puts me in a good mood, too. The whole process is comforting: kneading the dough, shaping the bread, smelling the delicious scent as it bakes, and then eating it hot, straight out of the oven.
1 sachet dry yeast (7g) 1 tsp sugar 1 cup luke-warm water 2 tbsp olive oil 2 cups plain flour 1/2 - 1 cup grated cheese (cheddar, tasty or mozzarella) 1/2 cup chopped ham (or olives, capers, etc)
Although this is a super easy recipe the bread dough needs time to rise, so be sure to start 1 1/2 hours before dinner time. Switch on the oven before you begin gathering your supplies and keep kitchen doors closed to avoid drafts.
Oven temperature: 220 degrees
Mix yeast, sugar, luke-warm water, oil and flour in a bowl until a soft dough forms. Sprinkle some extra flour on a clean surface or bread board and knead the dough for a few minutes. Shape dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and set it in a warm place for 1 hour (I usually leave the bowl near the oven).
After an hour, remove the risen dough from the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes again, before shaping it into a rectangle shape (roughly 20 x 30 cm).
Sprinkle cheese and ham (or topping of your choice), onto the dough. At this point, the dough can either be rolled or folded into three parts.
Bake in a hot oven for 20-25 minutes until bread is golden.