This is the quickest and easiest homemade bread I've ever made.
No bread machine.
Just Mix, Rise, Bake, Enjoy!
It only takes 5 minutes to mix up, let it rise and you can keep it in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. This allows you to quickly have bread for any meal.
Recipe from Heart Hands Home
Making The Dough
6 1/2 cup flour (I use unbleached but regular all purpose will do)
1 1/2 Tablespoons of dry active yeast (about 2 packets)
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
3 cups warm water
1. In a 4Qt. container (the 4Qt. Pyrex bowl works perfect) mix flour, yeast, and salt.
2. Add water and mix until all the flour mixture is moist.
3. Lay lid on container, but do NOT seal it.
4. Set bowl in a warm spot and allow dough to rise at least 2 hours.
5. After the dough has risen you can place it in the refrigerator.
Baking The Bread
2. Sprinkle a section of the dough with flour.
3. Pull the section of dough with flour on it out of the bowl. You want a grapefruit sized lump of dough.
4. Use your hands to smooth the dough into a ball. If the dough is sticky sprinkle a little more flour on it.
5. Place dough on parchment paper, and allow the dough to rise for 45 minutes. This is really just to let the dough warm up a little, so if you don't get it out of the refrigerator in time just let it set while your oven preheats and bake it a little longer.
6. Place a metal cookie sheet/loaf pan on the bottom shelf of the oven.
7. Place a pizza stone in your oven and preheat to 450 degrees. I just used my Pampered Chef Rectangular Stone.
8. Sprinkle the top of the bread with flour and slash the top.
9. Place the bread (still on the parchment paper) on the stone in the oven.
10. Add 1 cup of warm water to the pan you placed on the bottom shelf of your oven.
11. Bake for 25 minutes.
12. Remove the parchment paper for the last 10 minutes of baking.
13. Once the bread is done baking, allow it to cool and enjoy!
1. You can form this into baguettes, pizza dough, rolls, or what ever you choose. You'll just have to watch your baking times.
2. Heart Hands Home mentions that the longer the dough is in your refrigerator the more it will taste like sourdough. We wouldn't know because it never hangs around that long in this house :)
I purchased the Kindle version of "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day"* by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois (This recipe is from that book). If you enjoy this recipe the book is a must have. It is full of amazing recipes....I may never buy bread or rolls again!!!!
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