"And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress and keep it". Genesis 2:15

Friday, May 29, 2009

Fresh Bread in Five Minutes a Day

I recently found a wonderful bread recipe on-line that is super economical, easy, no knead and is really supper fast. It tastes like expensive artisan bread, and my family loves it. Of course I cant eat it because I am gluten free right now. 

Rather than duplicate all the instructions I will give an overview and you can go to the web site for the recipe. There are only four ingredients, water, yeast, flour, and salt. This makes it economical (no expensive honey, no oil, no eggs, no milk) and fast to mix up. You mix a batch of this soft, wet dough in a large bowl with a spoon (no kneading), let rise for two hours, put on a lid, and store the dough in the fridge for up to two weeks. As it ages it takes on a sour dough taste.

When you want to make a loaf you just oil your hands, pull off a hunk of dough, shape it a bit, and throw it in an oiled loaf pan, or shape a round boule and plop it on a cookie sheet - no kneading! Let it rest 20 minutes and bake. Ignore the directions to use corn meal and a special pizza peel to put the dough in the oven - its not necessary. Instead I would oil the loaf well and it will brown nicely.

The small batch recipe is:
Three cups warm water
1 1/2 Tbls dry yeast
1 1/2 Tbls salt (I just used 1)
6 1/2 cups white flour (less for whole wheat )
Makes 4 1 lb loaves

The large batch recipe is:
Six cups warm water
3 Tbls dry yeast
3 Tbls (or less) salt
13 cups white flour (less for whole wheat )
Makes 8 1 lb loaves


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