In the kitchen – herby tear & share bread

Given how much I like to cook and eat, it’s quite amazing that I haven’t posted anything about food until now. I know, right? I was surprised myself. My lovely friend Gemma is a bit of a baking whizz and I’ve always been hopeless at making bread so she offered to give me a lesson. My husband bakes gorgeous bread and is a bit too smug about it for my liking so I wanted to give it a go. We decided to make a herby tear and share bread which was a nice easy one to start with and tasted pretty good (you can find the original recipe on Gemma’s blog).

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You will need

560g strong white bread flour

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp dried milk

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp sugar

3 tsp of your favourite herbs (we used rosemary and oregano)

2 1/2 tsp quick yeast

330ml of tepid water

Add all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and pour in the water, combine with a fork until it forms a dough.

Gemma’s top tip

“Use digital scales so you can get your measurements exactly right. There’s a bit of a science to bread making and this will give you the best results.”

herb bread recipe-005The dough is meant to be a little sticky/wet.  Knead the dough on a surface for at least 10 minutes.   If it’s too sticky to knead, add a tiny amount of flour to surface.  (The more flour you add the heavier your bread will be so add it sparingly.)

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herb bread recipe-010Put the dough into a greased bowl with olive oil and cover.  Leave it to proof for about an hour or until it’s double the size. Don’t leave it any longer.

After leaving the bread to proof, knead it again for about 5 more minutes. Cut the dough in half and then each half into 8 pieces. Grease 2 tins and put 8 of the dough rolls in each tin with a small gap between them. Cover and leave to proof for another 30 minutes.herb bread recipe-011herb bread recipe-012herb bread recipe-013herb bread recipe-014herb bread recipe-015

Sprinkle the bread with flour and bake at 180c for 30minutes or until golden brown.  When the bread is cooked it should make a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom!herb bread recipe-016

Thanks for sharing, Gemma! Make sure you take a look at Gemma’s Toddler Kitchen for more recipe ideas.

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  • Lauren - I love how you’ve done this. Almost like watching a video tutorial but in photo form.
    More posts like this please. Thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Kara - This looks delicious. You can make this for our family picnic day. Love the photos.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - I have failed a few bread recipes in my lifetime so I think easier the better. I will have to give this a go and see how they turn out. I love fresh baked bread. And I could really devour bread in a bakery. My mouth salivates from the moment I smell it baking. Forget the chocolate I would choose hot bread anyday!!! Yummy.ReplyCancel

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