A little background
As part of my work with Homepride Flour I was asked to test their new Strong White Bread Flour by baking a basic white loaf with three different flours. This comparison test would allow them to trial the product against two leading brands. It was a task I took very seriously and of course enjoyed every moment. I love baking bread by hand and still see this as a treat even though I bake 2 loaves every Friday and have done for the past 10 years. There is nothing quite like the taste of freshly baked bread and of course the aroma that fills the house when baking is worth it alone. Most often I will bake a basic white loaf – flour, yeast, salt, water and a little extra-virgin olive oil. I find the white loaf is the most useful for the weekend and week ahead. If I’m having friends to stay or a dinner party then I mix it up and use more varied flours and shapes for the loaves but white flour is my mainstay.