Want a way to keep your hatchlings entertained for a half hour without endangering your play dough addicted dog?
Make soup, and leave the bread making to the hatchlings.
It certainly makes for more interesting loaves/ buns.
Our basic bread recipe
2 1/2 cups stoneground bread flour
300 ml warm water
1 tsp sugar
pinch of salt
2 tbs butter
1 pkg of dried yeast
1. Add sugar to water, then stir in yeast.
2. Add yeast mixture and all other ingredients to the flour.
3. Knead at least 10mins. Though 48 minutes of being played with by hatchlings still rises well, and comes out with a lovely crumb.
4. Leave to rise until doubled.
5. If you forget and it quadruples in size... beat it down, reshape, and let rise again, it will simply be an even softer loaf. You get three tries, in my experience, that fourth rise just isn't what the first three are. (Not that I am forgetful or anything.)
6. Put it in the oven at 200C until you can tap the bottom and it sounds hollow. 20 - 25 minutes for buns, 35- 45 for large loaves.
(We quite like changing this up with poppy seeds, rye flour, ect, but this is our foundation.)
I have it on good authority this dips well in soup, toasts nicely for poached eggs, and goes well with Nutella.