"A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand" Barbara Johnson
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I DID IT!
I actually followed a recipe exactly as written and it turned out wonderful! Take a look...
It mixed up exactly as easy as the recipe said it would and...count them--only 4 ingredients. The author said
that the next two loaves will be more "sour" and in our house that's a good thing. We've already eaten half the loaf and we'll probably finish it off for breakfast tomorrow!
NO kneading required, just a small amount of shaping that goes really quickly. Thanks to making-dough.blogspot.com for posting this easy peasy homemade bread!
RECIPE as found on Making Dough
6 1/2 cups bread flour
3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 Tbs yeast
1 1/2 Tbs salt
Place water in a large coverable (is that a word?) bowl. Add yeast, flour, and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon. Mixture will be a sticky mess. Allow mixture to become bubbly and doubled in size (it took about 90 minutes). At this time take a piece of dough about the size of a grapefruit and shape to a smooth disk, cover the bowl and return to refrigerator for the next time. Be sure to use plenty of flour on your hands as this will be really sticky. After shaping into the disk place on a stone, or baking sheet with cornmeal on the pan. Allow the dough to rest for at least 40 minutes. It doesn't rise too much but as the author says "That's okay". Using a serrated knife or scissors cut 5 slices in the top of the loaf. Bake at 450 degrees for 30-35 minutes with a pie plate filled with water to provide steam (it makes the crust nice and crunchy). Loaf should be dark brown and hollow sounding when tapped. Makes 3 loaves.