I really didn’t think that yeast would go off, but after making a few bricks, I realised it does!! So into the bin the old yeast went and new sachets were purchased. It’s so much more satisfying seeing it rise, than see a disappointing hard lump in the bottom of a mixing bowl doing nothing. What a difference a new sachet makes. Here’s my bread after it’s second prove with and without its greenhouse, then after, fresh out of the oven.
I use this basic recipe http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2060/easy-white-bread but for this loaf I swapped 150g of the white bread flour for some wholemeal. Some recipes suggest covering your loaf with a bag or cling film while it’s proving, but I use a shower cap (the type you get in hotel rooms) which are perfect for this. They sit snuggly round the bowl to give the bread it’s own little greenhouse.