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Italian Herb Bread

Ingredients

575g white bread flour
1 sachet active dried yeast (about 2½ tsp)
290ml lukewarm water (30º-35º C)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
4 tbsp mixed dried herbs

Preheat oven to 200°C

Directions

Makes a 1kg loaf

Mix the water, oil, sugar, salt and yeast in a jug or bowl and leave for 5 minutes.

Put the flour and dried herbs in the bowl and mix on speed MIN, gradually adding the liquid, then increase the speed to 1 and mix for 5 minutes. Put the dough in a bowl, cover and leave in a warm place until doubled in size (20-30 minutes)

Put on a floured surface and knead gently to knock out the air, then shape. Place on greaseproof baking paper and leave in a warm place until doubled in size.

Bake until golden brown. (If the bottom of the tin is knocked on, it should produce a hollow sound).