Well, we all , at least I think we do, love bread, fresh, warm from the oven…the smell, when we walk by a bakery, where they bake this lovely piece of nutrition…that humans love for many thousands of years.
We love it in all shape and forms, oval, round, square, a stick, flat and many more.
Maybe my love for this thing called bread, pain, brot, pane, made it possible for my husband to convince me to open a bakery instead of my first idea…a shoe store.
So I jumped in this adventure of baking bread , not having a clue about bread, except I know good bread from bad.
I hired two young bakers, one of them is now my son in law.
Those two young artists turned the flour and the yeast and the sourdough into marvellous creations.
And what a ride it was. I met many wonderful people, Laura met her match..
I finished my book, made a name for myself..so all in all a very positive outcome, all out of the love for bread.
I always wanted to bake it myself at home…I bought a book, I bought yeast and flour ( want to laugh, I bought nutritional yeast by mistake and of course my loaf never rose ever)….
Then, like so true to my character , I lost interest, I admit, I am bored very fast if things do not work out right away. But not with all things, mind you.
Now, I have this book signing at our local wonderful kitchen store” From the Kitchen to the Table” and they also have a promotion going on with Staub…a Dutch oven manufacturer from the Alsace.
I was born about 50 minutes away from that factory, how fitting is this.
Now my idea was to make a loaf of bread in their beautiful Dutch oven…it is perfect for bread baking , as the knob on the lid of their pots is metal and not plastic…so it can withstand the high temperatures that are necessary for this kind of baking.
Okay, I took the pot home and put in on my stove…a beautiful, grey pot ( well, I will buy it after I used it for my new passion…bread baking at home)
I was a bit nervous at first..yeast is a scary thing after all, but I watched videos and I thought, well, I can do that, too.
And I am now really enjoying to bake a loaf for us to eat…this is not my recipe , it is called a no knead bread, but of course I have to change things around…and it still works.
This is the easiest thing you will ever make and it is also extremely delicious.
Here is the recipe:
3 cups of bread flour
1 teaspoon or more of salt
1 teaspoon of dry yeast
1 and 1/2 cup of water
Mix the dry ingredients first, then add the water, mix in well, but do not over work it.
Now put it in a dish, cover with plastic and let it sit for as long as you have time…todays bread I started yesterday afternoon…so it can sit for easy 12 to 16 hours before baking or as little as 6 hours before baking.
Preheat the oven to 450 F.
Once your oven has reached the temperature , put the empty Dutch oven in and let it preheat as well for 30 minutes.
In that time, remove the dough from the dish.
I put it on a floured parchment paper, I also flour my hands, because the dough is very sticky …and shape the dough in a round ball…cover it and let it sit for the time the Dutch oven is preheating.
Now lift the ball with the parchment paper in the Dutch oven, cover and bake at 450 for 30 minutes.
Then remove the lid and bake for another 15, remove from the oven, place on a cooling rack and voila…your own bread, delicious, warm, nurturing and satisfying.
You can add caraway seeds to this bread, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, roasted onions, flax seeds and more.
You can mix half bread flour and half rye…but in that case you need to add more yeast, I would say 2 teaspoons instead of one. There is no ending in how versatile this bread is and how yummy…and true to me, easy and delicious.
This is one I made with 50 percent regular bread flour and 50 percent red fife flour…yummy.
Okay, got to go, have to take a loaf out of the oven.