It is not as time consuming as you may think. The recipe I use is simple, quick and easy to prepare. I use American cups – I bought a set of cups as I use a lot of American recipes and it saves measuring the flour.
3 1/2 cups of strong white (or wholemeal) flour (440g)
1 1/2 tsp of instant dried yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 – 2 tsp salt
Put yeast, sugar and about 1/2 cup of lukewarm water into mixing bowl (before I bought my Kitchenaid, I used a food processor but of course you can do this by hand). Leave for a couple of minutes then add the flour, salt and mix slowly, adding lukewarm water until the dough comes together. Make quick cup of coffee and sit down for 5 – 10 minutes, leaving the machine running.
Tip it out of the bowl onto a floured worktop, and work it into the shape you want it. I use a loaf tin as I want to make sandwiches but you can also put it into a banneton to proof then straight onto the oven tray. Cover with damp cloth and leave in a warm place for about 45 mins. You can also cover with cling film, sprayed with olive oil first to stop it sticking to the bread.
Pop the bread in the oven (if using a banneton, remove from the basket first) and bake for about 45 mins, until the bread sound hollow when you tap it underneath.
Smother with butter and marmalade, top up your coffee cup and ENJOY.