Kneading to relax and looking to master some new cooking skills?
Why not try your hand at bread making. Rolling, kneading and mixing all have a calming, almost meditative qualities.
Emily has discovered that there’s a lot of pleasure in learning new skills, especially something as tangible as breadmaking, as opposed to all the things we do virtually. Using the BBC Good Food recipe below, Emily has become a pro with making multi-grain bread for her family:
500g granary, strong wholewheat or white bread flour (I used granary)
7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp clear honey
Tip the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. Stir 300ml hand-hot water with the oil and honey, then stir into the dry ingredients to make a soft dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins, until the dough no longer feels sticky, sprinkling with a little more flour if you need it.
Oil a 900g loaf tin and put the dough in the tin, pressing it in evenly. Put in a large plastic food bag and leave to rise for 1 hr, until the dough has risen to fill the tin and it no longer springs back when you press it with your finger.
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Make several slashes across the top of the loaf with a sharp knife, then bake for 30-35 mins until the loaf is risen and golden. Tip it out onto a cooling rack and tap the base of the bread to check it is cooked. It should sound hollow. Leave to cool.