It turned out amazing - and my exact words to hubby when I took it out of the oven yesterday evening was 'Oh my god, it looks like BREAD'. He looked puzzled because that's indeed what I had made but it just looked so good. And can I tell you it tastes like it too? The best sort also - crusty on the outside, fluffy on the inside. It echoes when you tap the top. Beyond thrilled.
Funnily enough, I don't buy white bread, but I've made it. I always buy seeded loaves, so that's next on the agenda I think (but there are many others I want to try too!).
Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
2 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup shortening (I actually had some from christmas pork roast but you can buy SupaFry from the supermarket)
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
3 cups bakers flour (I just used tipo 00 flour)
3.5 cups plain flour
Heat milk in saucepan until it's hot, but not boiling - take off the stove and add the shortening and sugar, stir and set aside until shortening has melted and the mixture is warm/tepid.
Put plain flour in your stand mixer or in a large bowl. gradually add the bowl of wet ingredients until it makes all combined and then knead for 5 minutes in your mixer on lowest setting or 10 minutes by hand. The mixture should be elastic in texture.
grease with kitchen spray 2 bowls and divide the mixture into each. spray top of mixture lightly with kitchen spray, then cover with cling film. Leave to prove until doubled in size (anywhere from 1 - 3 hours)
When doubled in size, preheat oven to 200 degrees c
Take out, and roll into shape of your bread tins and then roll in poppyseeds. score diagnoally ontop to account for rising to prevent splitting.
Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes.
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