Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Easiest Bread Ever

I can't remember now who recommended ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY, but I bless whoever it was! I bought the book, but I only use the basic recipe, so it was maybe kind of a waste BUT MAYBE NOT!

"Really?" (You're asking that, in case you don't know.) "Five minutes a day? Really?"

And I answer: "No, they lie. Not really." But it's pretty quick and easy.

Anyway, here's the recipe:

Bread

To mix:
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 6 1/2 - 7 cups bread flour
Mix first 3 ingredients. Add 3 cups flour and stir until mostly smooth. Add the rest of the flour. Mix, using hands if necessary, until all the flour is mixed in and no lumps remain. Cover loosely and let double. Refrigerate in loosely covered container.

The hard part is over!

To bake:

Preheat oven to 400F for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, rip off a chunk of that dough, sprinkle it with flour, shape it, and let it rise for 20 minutes. You can shape it into long skinny loaves, short pointy loaves, round loaves, small panini-sized loaves. You can roll it out, put something in the middle, and fold the dough over the filling. After it rises, sprinkle the top with flour and score the top with a sharp knife.

Bake for 20 minutes.

You can also roll it out in a circle and use it for foccacia or pizza crust. You can roll it REALLY THIN and bake it at about 500F to make pita. You can work cinnamon, sugar, and raisins in it and make sweet bread out of it.

IT. IS. AWESOME!

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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