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Cider bread

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Cider bread
Electus
Servings:2 large or 4 small loaves
Ready in:3 hours 30 minutes
Preparation time:2 hours 30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
Difficulty:Average difficulty

This is based on a recipe in Richard Bertinet's Dough (ISBN 9781856267625).

Ingredients

For the ferment
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For the dough

Method

  1. Mix the ingredients for the ferment, having dissolved the yeast in the water and place in a covered bowl in the fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning, remove the ferment from the fridge and bring to room temperature.
  3. Dissolve the yeast in the water and mix with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Knead the dough in your preferred manner.
  5. Shape into a ball and leave in an oiled bowl, covered with clingfilm for about an hour.
  6. Remove from the bowl, re-shape the dough into another ball and return to the bowl for another hour.
  7. Divide the dough into 2 or 4 and shape as desired.
  8. Allow to prove, covered, until almost doubled in size.
  9. Make cuts if desired.
  10. Bake at 230° C (450° F - gas 8) for 45 minutes, reducing the heat to 200° C (400° F - gas 6) after 10 minutes.
  11. Once baked, allow to cool on a wire rack.

Serving suggestions

Serve with cheese and pickles.

Variations

You can use dried yeast if preferred, but reduce the quantity by half of that given for fresh yeast. The mixing, kneading and rising can be done with the aid of a breadmaker or food processor.

Chef's notes

My oven is rather tempermental so check your bread towards the end of the cooking time.

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