I made this

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 2:32 PM


Just call me Susie Homemaker.

No, I didn't have a lobotomy, or a personality transplant. What I did was find a recipe for yummy bread that is so insanely easy that not even I could find an excuse not to make it.

Want to know my secret?

It's here. Basically, take 3 c. warm water, mix with 1.5 T each yeast and kosher or sea salt. Then incorporate 6.5 c. all-purpose flour with wooden spoon or wet hands. Let rise for 2-5 hours, covered but not airtight. When risen, transfer dough in container (covered, but not airtight) to refrigerator. It will keep there for up to 2 weeks, and whenever you want fresh bread, you just pinch off a section (this recipe makes 3 big loaves. 4 small ones) and bake it.

To bake: place baking/pizza stone on middle rack and broiler tray on bottom of oven. Preheat to 450. While oven is heating, spread cornmeal on your pizza peel (pictured above), shape your dough into a loaf, and let it rest on the peel. Sprinkle flour on top and slash with a serrated knife to allow dough to expand during cooking. (Also, this makes it look cooler.) When oven is heated, slide loaf onto stone using the peel, pour 1 cup warm water into broiler tray and close door quickly to trap the stream. Bake 30 minutes.

In the interest of full disclosure, here is a picture of my first and second loaves side by side. So there was a little learning curve as far as making it look nice, but the first loaf still tasted good. Even though it looked like an alien spacecraft. Or a little-known cactus variety. Or an armadillo.

This is bread that goes with my life. The dough takes 5 minutes to make. Less. Then there's less than an hour of lead time before you get actual bread, and most of that is just sitting around while you do other stuff. I love this! I feel like I need to tell everyone, because it's so good and easy.

I'm going to learn how to make regular, sliceable sandwich bread in my Kitchen Aid tonight, but I'm not optimistic because the ingredient list is so much longer. I'll give it a shot. But at least I know I have something that works here all ready to go!

Comments (10)

Impressive.com! Fresh homemade bread and homemade strawberry jam...your family will be spoiled indeed. Yummy! (is butter next?)

I totally made 2 more batches of jam, too! All by myself. :) Pectin is kind of expensive, sorry! I would have brought my own or paid you back if I had known that.

Also, I found your cookie sheets! Yay!

Very impressive! I just may have to try this!

Yum!! I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing!!

I was an eye (and taste) witness to this heavenly bread and I can attest--it was fantastic! So delicious! Especially with havarti cheese and that amazing strawberry jam. Can I come for breakfast tomorrow too?

Great job! I love fresh bread and need to pick up some more flour so I can make some myself.

I will also attest to the fact that this bread is excellent. And good for you - about 87 calories per slice, and no fat. :)

Sure wish I had a little to go with dinner! Looks yummy.

That looks so yummy. I love easy stuff. And delicious stuff too. I think you are awesome! So-did you go to the reunion? How was it? We're in town now-so we should hang out.

I am going to make this today. Thanks for the great recipe!