Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Fresh From The Oven 6 - June 2011 - Sandwich Loaf.

This month, Jo from Jo's Kitchen challenged us to make Michel Roux Jnr's sandwich loaf recipe from the BBC programme The Great British Food Revival.  I loved the series.  It really inspired me to use seasonal produce local to us but Steve felt the programme was a bit naff and I must agree that sometimes it seemed that it was a programme slung together a bit rather than being based on something the presenters really believed in.  I can't remember exact examples but I'm sure there were times when they would make something using ingredients from half way across the world in their attempts to get us to revive something so there didn't seem to be a huge consistency in their message.  I loved the programme anyway - it's about food and it had recipes!!!

This made a lovely, versatile loaf.  It made excellent sandwiches and excellent toast.  You could vary it in any number of ways too.  We don't eat a lot of white bread so our first attempt at varying it will be to try to make it wholemeal.  Thanks Jo for the challenge as I am really pleased to get to try recipes for really simple, everyday bread as well as the more exotic things we sometimes do.  This will certainly be my staple white loaf recipe from now on.

The recipe can be found on the BBC site here but I'll write it out below to make sure I always have a copy of it.


20g/1oz golden syrup
25g/1oz melted butter
350ml/14 fl oz warm milk
10g/ 1/2oz fresh yeast (I used one 7g sachet of dried)
250g/8 oz plain flour
250g/8 oz strong bread flour
10g/ 1/2oz sea salt

Method - 
1. Stir the golden syrup and melted butter into the warm milk until well combined.  Crumble the yeast into a large bowl, then pour over the warm milk and stir until the yeast has dissolved.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until a smooth dough forms.  Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside for 5 mins.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins, or until smooth and elastic (I used my Kenwood chef - it was a very sticky dough).  Return the dough to the bowl, cover with cling film and place into a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has nearly doubled in size.
4. Meanwhile grease and flour a 12cm X 20cm/5" X 8" bread tin.
5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface again and knock back a few times.  Divide equally into two pieces and shape into balls.  Place the dough balls side by side in the prepared tin, cover with cling film and set aside to rise again, until doubled in size.
6. Preheat oven to 220C/410F/GM 7.
7. Using a sharp knife, slash the dough a few times and place into the oven immediately.  After 10 mins, reduce the heat to 180C/350F/GM 4 and bake for a further 30 mins, or until the bread is golden-brown.
8. Leave the loaf to cool on a wire rack. 

Have a look at Fresh From The Oven to see other versions of this loaf or to join in the challenges.


  1. I do like brown bread but a nice ham sandwich with some mustard is really good with white. Craving one now I've seen your pics.

  2. You're right, Sally. I did enjoy having white for a change.

  3. I loved the series too. Good chefs, good food and recipes, and championing real local food, what's not to love ? (: I'm glad you gave the recipe a test run! as much as i love a proper crusty sourdough bread, my family seems to prefer your everyday white loaf, and now that i'm home for the summe,r i may just get around to baking it for them (:

  4. Shu Han - this recipe gives a lovely crust so I think you'll like it too.

  5. looks perfect! I love freshly baked white! makes a difference from my store bought wholemeal :)

  6. Thanks for taking part this month. Like you we mostly bake/eat wholemeal bread but every now and then a white loaf is a nice treat.

  7. Wow looks so perfect. Its such a great loaf isn't it? And I love those ham sandwiches. Can't beat them!

  8. Maltesers, a ham sandwich (on some very yummy looking bread!) and an apple- the perfect lunchbox for taking to the Games and watching... some wrestling!! I was really chuffed to hear that people were getting 1st choice tickets- you're absolutely right, a lot of grey matter has been used up worrying about Olympic tickets and maybe I should put aside the sugar and yeast and become a wrestler fanatic instead!

  9. Absolutely fantastic! Love the 'retro' ham sandwiches too!

  10. That is really lovely bread. It looks very light and soft. And...Maltesers...perfect. They are hard to get here, but they are totally worth the arm and leg I pay for them when I can find them.

  11. Kate - keep trying...;-)

    Victoria and purelyfood - you're right - it's a nice change to have a nice white.

    Dom - yip - ham and mustard - classic combination - can't go wrong

    Anna - They are very retro, aren't they and remind me of my 80s childhood. :-)

    Angela - I stole the Maltesers from the boys - can't believe you have to pay a fortune for them!

  12. Mmmm...you've made me hungry for lunch :) This looks delicious!

    Thank you for joining Post Of The Month Club! XOLaura

  13. Looks gorgeous and soft! I sometimes love a good white bread with a crusty exterior - it makes a change from the wholemeal I usually make. The last time I made a white loaf it surprised me as to just how different they taste, silly though that sounds!

  14. Laura - thanks and thanks for running the post of the month again.

    C - I know exactly what you mean. You think bread is just bread but actually different types of loaf are just so completely different!

  15. Yummm! Looks perfect to have with marmite!

  16. Thanks for commenting Belinda - just went to have a look at your blog and was absolutely blown away by the photo of your living room - stunning!

  17. Great looking loaf. Thank you for taking part this month :-)