shapes like plaits or knots and different toppings to create an artisan bread display and
get the children or grandchildren involved for a fun family activity.
500g white flour
1½ tsp Hovis fast action yeast
300ml warm water
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
Pour the flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl, then mix in the yeast.Roll up your sleeves, mix in the water using your hands, it’s very gloopy.
Dust a work surface with flour and knead the dough well.
To kneed push once with the heal of you hands away from the body, rotate 90° fold in half towards you, push once with your palms, rotate 90° fold in half, push with your palms, rotate, fold, push, rotate, fold, push continue for 8 -10 minutes.
Divide the dough in four then shape into long thin sticks by pulling and rolling, slash the dough diagonally with a knife along the stick.
Lay the loaves on a greased baking tray and cover with cling film.
Leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size – about one hour.
Preheat the oven to 220C.
Bake in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden, they sound hollow when you knock them on the base.
You can also make rolls, a loaf or plait three sticks together.