Sage bread

Yield: 10 servings

Measure Ingredient
25 grams Fresh yeast or 15g; (1/2oz) dried yeast
\N \N ; (1oz)
1 teaspoon Granulated sugar
\N \N A little warm water
250 grams Self-raising flour; (8oz)
250 grams Wholemeal flour; (8oz)
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Dried sage
25 grams Butter; (1oz)
300 millilitres Milk; (1/2 pint)
\N \N Oil for greasing

1. Dissolve the yeast with the sugar and the water.

2. Sift the flours with the salt and stir in the dried sage. Melt the butter and mix it with the milk.

3. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the yeast. Cover it with flour from around the edge and then pour in the milk and butter mixture. Mix to a soft dough and knead until smooth.

4. Cover and leave to rise in a warm place such as an airing cupboard for 1-1½ hours. Then ''knock it back'', by kneading thoroughly once more, and put into a well oiled 500g (1lb) loaf tin.

5. Leave to rise for a further ¾ hour in a warm place.

6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220øC, 425øF, Gas Mark 7. Bake the loaf for 15 minutes and then reduce the heat to 190ø, 375ø, Gas Mark 5 and bake for a further 15 minutes.

7. Allow to rest for 10 minutes, and then turn the loaf out and cool it on a rack.

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NOTES : When this is cooking the most wonderful smells fill the kitchen, and it is extremely hard to resist this bread as it is standing to cool on the side. But spare some for the next day if you can: it makes scrumptious hot buttered toast!

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