I m not a cook, I just cook for my family every day, just to have that disclaimer in there, however, I do like to prepare a lot of the food from scratch and one of this things is the bread we eat every day.
I've been baking this bread for years now and really every time we have guests for dinner I received a lot of compliments for the bread just made.
I believe there is not an easier bread recipe out there. You do not need a starter dough, do not need to knead the bread, do not need to have some fancy equipment.
As long as you have water, yeast, salt, flour, oven, 5 minute and the willingness to do it you are set to go.
I like to keep things pretty simple in my life so that includes my cooking. So with no further do here is the way I prepare the bread.
3 cups warm water
2 tsp yeast
2 tsp salt
6 cups of all-purpose white flour.
What else you need?
Cast Iron Pot (lid on)
Put water, yeast, salt in a container (make sure the water is warm but not hot) and stir it just enough for the salt and yeast to mix with the water somewhat.
Add the flour, mix until all the flour is incorporated into the water.
It doesn't matter how you mix the ingredients together as long as the mixture is uniform, without any dry lumps of flour. You can use a spoon, a high capacity food processor or a heavy-duty stand mixer.
I prefer to use my hand to mix the dough as I find it the easier way to go and also I can get a feel for the dough as being too soft or too hard.
You should end up with a pretty soft doth but not runny soft. The softer the dough the fluffier the bread you get. However, the dough has to be hard enough to be able to form the loaf on a flat wood after resting.
You do not have to knead the dough. Just mix all ingredients together until uniform.
Depending on the brand of the flour you are using sometimes using just a little more than 6 cups of flour may be necessary. As of right now, I use a white organic flower, 100% wheat. Read labels when buying. For this type of flour 6 cups of flour are just perfect.
This steps should not take you more than 5 min.
Leave the dough in the container to rest for 2 hours. After the 2 hours, have some flour sprinkle on a flat wood and form your loaf of bread on it. Leave the dough to rest on the flat wood for another 15-20 min.
In the meantime have your iron cast pot preheat in the oven for 15-20 min before placing the dough in it.
I bake my bread in an iron cast pot (lid on) which I preheat in the oven for about 15 min.
Is very important to have the pot preheated before placing the dough in it. If the pot is cold when placing the dough in it the dough will stick to the pot and you will have a hard time getting the bread out of the pot. ( I made that mistake one time :)...)
Ones the pot is hot I place the dough in it lid on for 1 hour for 350 degrees F or until the crust turns golden brown. You do not have to fuss over it. Just let it be. For the crust to form you do not have to take the lid off the pot at any time other when is done. Just put it in the oven and let it in for 1 hour.
If you do not have a cast iron pot using the same method you can bake the bread on a pizza board that again has to be preheated in the oven for about 15 min.
When you take the bread out of the oven the crust may be hard but no worries, it will get softer after cooling down.
That's it. Bon Appetite......
This is just a base recipe for bread. You can add to it a lot of things to make it your own, customised the way you want it. If you would like to use whole wheat flour you may need to add more water. Play with ingredients. Don't be afraid to try it more than once. Is worth it.
If you have any questions about this please leave a comment and I will try to help if I can.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will try to make the bread at list ones. If you like bread you will fell in love with this one.