Baking your own bread doesn’t have to be complex and my Traditional English Farl Recipe is a great beginners loaf.
Throw all the ingredients into a food mixer, let it do all the hard work, let it rise and bake.
My Traditional English Farl Bread Recipe couldn’t be simpler!
Ingredients for 1 loaf
|500g||strong white flour, plus extra for dusting|
|300 ml||water, tepid|
(Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)
- Put all of the ingredients into a food mixer with dough hook attachment and mix on a low setting for 5 minutes.
- Turn the mixer up to a medium setting and mix for a further 5 minutes.
- Leave the dough in the mixing bowl, cover with film and leave in a warm place to rise. You’re looking for it to double in size and this should take roughly an hour.
- Line a baking tray and lightly flour the surface.
- Flour your work surface and tip the dough out.
- Shape the dough into a ball and then flatten the dough into a circle so that it’s approximately 2 inches thick.
- Carefully place the dough onto the baking sheet and leave it in a warm place for another hour to rise.
- In the meantime pre-heat your oven to 220°C fan/425°F.
- After the dough has finished its final prove, cover the top of the dough with flour and using a sharp knife make vertical slashes down the dough.
- Bake for 30 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- This is a dry dough so don’t be tempted to add any more water while it mixes.
- Bakers traditionally use a Lame tool to make cuts in the dough (see below) but I use a clean Stanley Knife.
- The butter should be at room temperature.