— starvingchef.com

{simple homemade bread}

I was sitting on the bus on Friday and suddenly popped up in my mind how good it would be to bake a bread. I noticed that my best ideas are always hit me while I’m traveling. Once I arrived to the destination my first visit is always to the local market. I love the smells, colors, costermongers and breads. If the bread is good I don’t see any problems at all with the place I am. For me the smell and the taste of a bread means home, so if these elements are there I instantly feel at home and if not I just make one, like this.


500gr flour

50 gr fresh yeast

2 ts salt

2 ts sugar

2 tbs olive oil

2 tbs melted butter

300-400 ml warm water


Put the flour in a large bowl, crumble the yeast with your fingers, add salt and sugar. Make a hole in the middle of this mixture and add 100ml warm water, melted butter and olive oil. Start mixing the dough and slowly add the rest of the water. Make sure you will end up with dough that is soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch. Take out the dough from the bowl and put in on a floured pastry board. Work on the dough for about 5 minutes then put it back to the bowl, sprinkle it with flour and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour. It is done when the dough have risen twice the size. Turn it on the pastry board, cut it in half and work on each one hard – you can even slap them to the board – for about 5 minutes. When this is done transfer them into an oiled baking sheet and cover them for another 30 minutes. Bake it for about 40-50 minutes in 220C/420F.


***You do not need to use up all the water called for in this recipe, or you may need more water than called for. The amounts vary depending on many factors, including weather, which is why most bread recipes only give an approximate amount of flour needed.