I think there are very few people who don’t like fresh bread at any time.
I think it’s why the French bread sticks are so popular in shops, as they seem to be baked fresh for your visit. I kept meaning to add these to the website, but just never got round to photographing ours as they tend to be eaten as soon as they come out of the oven.
I know some of you will be wondering how you make softies or buns in a breadmaker, but it’s easy enough as the breadmaker does almost all the work.
All you have to do is shift the dough from breadmaker to baking tray and then finally the oven.
- 320ml Water
- 2 teaspoons Caster Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 25g Fat - Rapeseed or Olive Oil
- 550g Strong Bread Flour
- 1.75 teaspoons Breadmaker Yeast
- Using a breadmaker, you are going to choose the dough setting which normally takes a couple of hours. If you use a pizza dough setting, you will have to do two proves, not the one used for this recipe.
- Add the water in first to the bowl. Then add the oil and layer the flour on the top, so that it covers all the water completely.
- I add the salt and sugar to one side of the bowl so that it is kept dry on top of the flour.
- Add the yeast, again, making sure to keep it dry at this stage by adding it to the top of the flour, but away from the sugar and salt.
- Leave your dough until it has finished its setting and simply shape into balls on a greased tin. I'm never precise with this, so my softies come out all shapes and sizes which is fine for us. I use a little flour to coat my hands as the dough is often very sticky otherwise. Leave your dough to prove on the greased tin, until it has at least doubled in size. I tend to either use cake release spray or the one cal oil sprays to grease my baking trays.
- Simply bake in an oven around 200C for approximately 15 minutes. Keep a check on your softies and if you think they are cooked earlier, simply insert a skewer into the side of one to see if it comes out clean.
- Ours never seem to go cold before they are used. This size of batch makes about 6 - 8 large softies, or up to 12 small ones.