Albert taught the group this simple bread recipe – everyone had great fun getting messy, kneading the dough and all agreed it was much easier than they imagined.
Alberts Bread Recipe
500g granary, strong wholewheat or white bread flour
7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1. Mix all the dry ingredients together with your hands. Stir 2 cups of hand-hot water and knead lightly to make a soft dough.
2. Put in a large plastic food bag lined with oil and leave to rise for 1 hr, until the dough has risen and it no longer springs back when you press it with your finger.
3. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Shape the loaf in a tin and add seeds or any toppings. Bake for 30-35 mins until the loaf is risen and golden.
4. Tip it out onto a cooling rack and tap it’s bottom to check it is cooked. It should sound hollow. Leave to cool.
Albert Smith is a performance artists, chef and comedian. He has been creating work that tells the story of his life in South Africa and his adjustment to living in the UK. He performs work across the West Midlands and has recently returned home to Bloemfontein to share his developing theatre piece, alongside this he caters events and delivers baking workshops with community groups, using his bread as a metaphor for life and a tool for connecting with others.