8 Fabulous Bread Recipes from around the World ...

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Bread recipes have been a staple of many people´s diets for centuries. Every culture has its selection of breads. These days, though, we rely on tasteless sliced bread that has little nutritional value or flavour. Why, when there are so many fantastic bread recipes? So I´ve picked out some gorgeous bread recipes from around the world that will show you how this most basic of foods can be utterly irresistible …

1. Ciabatta

Ciabatta is probably my favourite bread ever. I adore its crusty outside and soft inside. Most supermarkets stock it, but it´s much easier than you think to make your own.

Ingredients:

500g High grade flour (strong flour)

450 ml Luke warm (room temperature)

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 ½ teaspoon dry Yeast

1 ½ teaspoon salt

Olive Oil

Instructions::

Preheat oven to 200C.

In a large bowl, mix with your hands the flour, sugar and yeast.

Pour in the water.

Add salt at 'beat' in the bowl with your hands for 5 minutes. The dough should be like a very thick pancake paste, not like a regular bread dough. To beat the dough you need to pull at parts of the dough and stretch it up high and then slap it down again. This pushes air pockets into the dough to create the airy texture. If you have a food mixer, beat it with a dough hook but still finish off with the hand method to push air pockets into the dough.

Pour about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the dough so the oil covers the top and goes down the sides of the dough.

Allow the dough to rise by covering it with plastic wrap for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.

Pour the dough onto a well floured work surface (without kneading any further) and fold over like an envelope length-wise to create the ciabatta shape.

Lift the dough onto a floured baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes, until it is golden and sounds hollow when tapped.

Aloo Naan
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