Rising to the challenge
I've never made bread at home before but after seeing Matt Preston's Masterclass of the No Prove Bread recipe I thought it was worth having a go. Simple ingredients, simple technique and good results makes it a great recipe to know about. The most challenging thing was to get the dough out of the bowl which was super sticky and elastic after being kept in the fridge overnight. We successfully made 4 bread rolls and 1 larger loaf. I also attempted to make a rosemary and olive loaf but it failed a bit because I only stuck the olives on the outside. The olives became very dried out and dehydrated and sort of popped off the loaf. Next time I'll need to try sticking them inside the loaf which I'm sure will work a lot better to keep them more moist. The recipe below has been taken from the MasterChef website for your easy reference. Matt Preston states he was taught this recipe by his friend, Kareen Coomer, whose husband runs Pata Negra in Perth
No Prove Bread recipe
Makes 1 large round loaf, 1 long loaf and 6 rolls.
1 kg bread flour, plus extra to dust
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon instant dried yeast
950 ml lukewarm water
For the bread, combine flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Stir in water until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap, then refrigerate overnight.
Remove bowl from fridge 1 hour prior to cooking, and allow to come to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 220C.
Line two baking sheets with baking paper, and generously dust sheet with flour. Place half of the dough onto one tray and place in oven for 1 hour or until golden, and the inside sounds hollow when knocked on the base. Make rolls and a smaller long loaf with remaining half of dough. Bake in oven for about 40 minutes or until golden and hollow inside.
PROS: Simple ingredients, Easy recipe, Tasted quite nice
CONS: Getting the dough out of the bowl and trying to place on the trays nicely is the most challenging part
MUST TRY: Making it again
VERDICT: Definitely seems to work although make sure you check for the hollow sound when knocked on the base.