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Over lockdown I bought a bread machine as my youngest can't tolerate soya, which you will find in most shop bought breads. It was difficult just popping to the shops for bread so I wanted to be able to make him safe bread to eat at home easily. Many years ago I had a *Panasonic bread maker and I loved it so I bought exactly the same one again - well, I actually asked for it as my mother's day gift! Today I'm sharing my favourite go to recipe for a lovely olive oil bread recipe, a standard loaf, which I probably make every other day.
This olive oil bread contains both wholemeal and white strong bread flour. Wholemeal because that is better for you and white because the children prefer it so we compromise with a mixture of the two! This loaf also contains olive oil which is a fantastic source of healthy fats and I believe we should all try to incorporate a little of this oil into our daily diet, as they do in the mediterranean. Studies have indicated that olive oil is full of antioxidants and can help to protect against cardiovascular disease, strokes, brain disorders and some cancers.
The key to making this loaf soft and fluffy is activating the yeast beforehand - although it is instant yeast this gives it a little bit of a head start.
2 cups strong white flour
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 sachet fast action yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon sugar
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup warm water
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water, stir and let froth up for 10 minutes while you add the other ingredients to the bread machine. Add the frothy water mix to the rest of the ingredients and bake on a normal white bread setting. (On my Panasonic I set the size to large and the crust to light).
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