THIS IS THE FIRST time that I’ve made bread. We’ve got a shelf-full of cookery books
but what persuaded me to give it a try was coming across a simple recipe in Susannah
Marriott’s1001 ways to relax.
Tip 358 suggests that ‘stirring and kneading erase all other thoughts from your mind
and release held-in tension.’
I’d go along with that! And it’s a magical and ancient process; I was watching a
documentary on The Scorpion King which showed archaeological evidence of large scale
baking (and brewing) operations two centuries before the first Pharaoh. But that
tradition and mystique can be off-putting. There are a bewildering range of hints,
tips and special ingredients associated with bread-making so this four ingredient,
four paragraph, recipe appealed to me as being enticingly simple.
If I got into the habit of doing it, I guess it would be 5 minutes to get those 4
ingredients together, 10 minutes kneading and, later, a few minutes knocking back;
‘punch the dough’ is how this recipe describes the process. The rest of the time
you’re waiting for it to rise and finally to bake.