The ingredients for making bread are relatively simple- it’s the handwork that goes into it that takes up most of the time. Only three ingredients are required to make a basic loaf of bread – 3 cups of flour to make 2 pounds of bread, 1 ½ teaspoon of salt, a cup of water and yeast.
For the flour, Chef Raymond suggested wheat flour or wholemeal flour and for the Indian households, even atta flour would do! For salt, it is recommended to use sea salt was recommended as it dilutes better and makes it easier to knead the bread. Although instant yeast may be “unnatural”, per Chef Raymond, it is also the quickest way to make bread.
To start off, the surface table should be wiped clean as most of the kneading happens there.
Next, pour all of the flour on the table and create a well in the middle of that heap of flour. To make it more precise, use four to five fingers.
Slowly pour half a cup of water into the well and start mixing with a fork. (Make sure to bring the flour from the side of the well into the mix as well!) Slowly add more water as the mixing progresses until the dough doesn’t feel too dry.