Those of us who think bread and cheese constitute a meal may find the supermarket bread selection here a bit disappointing. Of course there are quite a few specialised bakeries in town, that offer lovely loaves with hefty prices but sometimes you can’t plan your daily programme around that special crust. So enter home-made bread. Most of you probably know the world-famous no knead bread that was the pop thing a few years back. This bread is very similar, but I find it even easier: it takes a while but your job is pretty much only to mix the ingredients.
3/4 tablespoons instant yeast
1,5 cups (3,5 dl) lukewarm water
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 tablespoon salt
about 3 cups (7 dl) wheat flour (you can replace about half a cup with rye flour etc. In this one I used wholemeal wheat)
- Mix yeast, water and sugar. Let rest for a few minutes until the mixture foams or bubbles slightly.
- Mix salt and flour together. Add to the dough gradually, mix until there are no lumps of flour.
- Let the mixture rest for 2,5 – 5 hours, the longer the better. Flour a suitable surface and shape into a ball. Let raise for another 45 min on the floured surface, or use a well floured/lined proofing basket.
- Heat the oven to 225 c. If using a pizza stone, put it into the oven.
- Move the bread onto the stone/baking tray (it may look like a disaster at this point but do not worry, it will get better in the oven). Bake for about 25 mins. For a crisper crust, place a dish with a bit of water to the bottom of the oven.
*This is not my own recipe but I cannot recall where it is originally from.
Ok, this particular bread turned out a little flat – I swear it normally rises better than this. And the taste is great every time. It is best eaten the same day but that shouldn’t be a problem – at least my family normally wolves it down to the last crumb.
And, to add one of my favourite rants, you know what you eat when you make your own bread. If you look at the ingredients listed on those plastic wrapped loaves in the supermarket, you’d surprised that you actually only need water, yeast and flour to make bread. I save you from the entirety of the rant, go bake!