Recipes like the one I am about to share with you I call "Cheats".
There is no other way to describe them, not that it is bad, because lets face it, we are busy women.
Although, I would LOVE nothing more then to spend all day (or in some cases, with some Artisan Bread recipes; 3 Days) baking bread, its just not sensible most of the time for me to be able to do that.
Enter in the following book into my life:
First of all the cover lies (they insist that they do not) however it does take a few more minutes then 5 a day.
But, you can have homemade,fresh bread on your dinner table in about an hour (including baking time) and with minimal work involved.
I will share with you the basic recipe to get started.
The book is very nice and obviously contains many lovely recipes, so if you find this recipe easy and fun,I encourage you to purchase this book for yourself.
The Master Recipe
Makes four 1-pound loaves.
3 cups of lukewarm water (about 100 degrees)
1 1/2 tablespoons of granulated yeast (2 packets)
1 1/2 tablespoons of kosher or course salt
6 1/2 cups of flour (regular unbleached all purpose flour)
Place water in a large, lidded plastic food container (at least 5 qts)
Add salt and yeast.
Mix in flour, no kneading is necessary.
Just mix with a wooden spoon till flour is incorporated and dough is stiff.
Cover container with lid (DO NOT seal container)
Allow mixture to rise at room temp, for about 2 hours.
At this time,you can use the dough at any point.
Or place in fridge to use at any time with in the next 14 days.
When you want a loaf of bread: simply grab a large grapefruit sized ball of dough out the fridge, and with floured hands work into a round loaf and let rest for about 40 minutes on a floured surface.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and sprinkle a baking stone with cornmeal.In pie tin or baking pan, place one cup of water and put in oven.
Place bread on baking stone and put in oven on a rack below the water and bake for about 20-30 minutes or until crust is firm and nicely browned.
Allow to cool before slicing (yeah, right, like fresh bread ever makes it that long:)
I actually love the concept of having yeast dough on hand in the fridge.
It has come in so handy for last minute dinners.
I have used the dough for homemade pizza, rolls and even cinnamon buns.
Hope this recipe is something that comes in handy for all of you!
Have a great day:)
Have a great day:)