Tuesday, February 01, 2011

{ Artisan Bread }

 

Unfortunately, I'm home. Yesterday I was supposed to fly to my daughter and son-in-law's home in Nebraska. Right about now I was expecting to be surrounded by little boys who call me "Grandma." Instead I'm surrounded by snow and temperatures well below zero. You heard me right. Well below zero ... -19 to be exact. I believe last week at this time I was bragging about Colorado's 65 degree weather. It doesn't pay to be a braggart. I need to remember that. Anyway, yesterday I was feeling downright depressed about this sudden change in plans, so I buried my face in carbohydrates and didn't come up for air till late in the evening. {And that, my friends, is a fairly accurate representation of how I deal with crisis.}

I've baked my share of bread in my life, but I've never found such a simple and simply delicious bread recipe. Seriously, you've got to try this crusty on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside easy-to-make loaf! This bread has a unique rustic taste and texture. I made two small loaves yesterday and put the rest of the dough in the refrigerator to bake later in the week. I toasted one -- or maybe 5 -- slices of bread and then, for good measure, spread on several pounds of butter and homemade jam. It was delicious...


It's easy to have fresh bread whenever you want it with this recipe. To start, just mix the dough and let it sit for two hours. No kneading required. Then shape and bake a loaf, and refrigerate the rest to use over the next couple weeks. That's right -- weeks! When you want some fresh-baked bread, take some dough, shape it into a loaf, let it rest and rise for about 40 minutes, then bake. Your house will smell like a bakery, and your family and friends will love you for it. Seriously, it's the easiest bread recipe in the world! Only four ingredients! Here's the recipe...


Artisan Bread in Five Minutes

3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 Tbsp. yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp. salt
6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
cornmeal


1. In a large plastic bowl mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water (about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Dough will be soft. Loosely cover. Let dough rise at room temperature 2 hours (or up to 5 hours).

2. Bake at this point or refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on dough and cut off a grapefruit-size piece. Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and lumpy bottom. Put rounded dough on cookie sheet generously sprinkled with cornmeal; let rest and rise 40 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough or refrigerate it.

3. Place an oven proof dish with about 1+ cup water on the bottom rack in your oven. (This will ensure a crispy crust.) Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

4. After the dough has risen, dust top of dough with a little flour, slash top with serrated knife three times. Bake until well browned, about 30 minutes.

Tip: To keep the "crusty-like" crust on the bread, don't wrap it or put it in a tightly sealed container after baking.

Yield: about 4 loaves


 I can testify to the fact that this bread
cannot compare to having two sweet little boys snuggling in your lap, 
but it might help you drown your sorrows
until that day comes!

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23 comments:

Renee said...

I made your bread yesterday and split the loaves into six smaller buns. It turned out delicious, especially topped with honey butter!!! This recipe is a keeper.

Staci said...

Not that it's any consolation, but I'm positive your grandsons are also sad that you're not there. My boys are crushed when Grandma time gets cancelled (perhaps rescheduled is a better term).

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Boo to negative temps but that bread looks so good it has to make it all better. I'm planning on getting showed in tonight and I just happen to have all the ingredients. You doesn't? Love 5 ingredient recipes. They're doable!

LouAnne said...

That bread looks absolutely amazing. Can't wait to give it a go!

Kathleen said...

So sorry to hear you didn't get to go see your family :(
Is the trip cancelled or postponed till the weather clears? We're in an ice storm here is Maryland. Try to stay warm!

Amy said...

So sorry that you didn't get to make it! Hopefully sunny weather will come soon and you can wrap up those kiddos. Thanks for the bread recipe- it sounds like something even a bread making challenged girl like me could handle!
xoxo,
Amy

Sourkraut said...

So sorry your travel plans were thwarted but this bread does look like a small consolation. Actually, it looks delicious and easy enough to make that I just might try it this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

Rissa said...

That bread looks so easy I think even I could attempt it XD I can almost smell it from here...

So sorry to hear about your cancelled travel plans though :(

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I hope you can reschedule your trip soon! :) Hang in there!!

Lorrie said...

Homemade bread is a wonderful comfort. I have some artisan bread rising in the fridge to bake tomorrow.

Stay warm, hope you see your sweet grandchildren soon.

Ellie said...

Oh Yum! We're in the same storm today, so that bread will be a delicious distraction. Thanks! Sorry about your travel plans.

Julie said...

Not only are you a clever crafter, but you have quite a way with words. I'm glad I'm not the only one who handles stress with carbs. I must try this recipe. Glad you shared it.

Julie Harward said...

It looks wonderful, especially with that jam! I'll have to make this recipe for sure. :D

Lynn said...

I agree with you, nothing quite like fresh bread and homemade jam to heal our woes!! I love to make yeast breads but I never tried a recipe this simple! I wonder if it would work with whole wheat or multigrain flour, I don't use white flour anymore.

Cynthia L. said...

So sorry you are not with your grandbabies, but glad to hear you are not stuck in a storm somewhere! We were supposed to get ice, but it has been downgraded to rain. For once I won't have to shovel snow for a few days!

My Mother gave me the bread book you are talking about! I love it. As a matter of fact I have a loaf rising as I type!

Stephanie said...

Wow... that bread looks delicious! I will definitely have to try that.

I hope you get to see your grandkids soon.

Carolynn said...

I'm definitely going to give this a try. You and I deal with crisis in exactly the same way. That's somewhat comforting to know. *smile*

I have a fabulous no-fail bread recipe, but it takes all day to make. This sounds much quicker & easier. Thanks!

Funny....I just posted a desire to bake bread and, voila....here you are with a fabulous recipe for me. Don't you just love how God provides?

Julie said...

This bread looks devine...I am gonna try it tomorrow! Hope you get to your grandchildren soon!!!

Devonay@LumpkinAndMe said...

This bread looks heavenly. Can't wait to try it!

alimoll said...

I have got to try this bread! It looks amazing! And with the butter and jam.....Oh my! I can almost taste it!

MrsJenB said...

Yum! I tried this recipe last weekend and it tasted just great. Mine never looks as good as this, though - maybe I'm doing something wrong? Hmmm...

Visiting from HoH

Annie of Blue Gables said...

Just read this post and immediately tried the recipe. We just got done finishing off a loaf in one sitting. Good thing I made two. The rest is refrigerated. MMMMMMMMM
thanks! It IS great and the easiest bread I have ever made.
~a

Luvin' the Hubs said...

How funny! I was really luvin' those frigid temps last week Ü It was 56°F in our house and my friend made me take a picture of our indoor thermometer to prove how cold we keep it. Moved to Colorado from Alaska and it rarely got that cold up there like it was here. But, I'm soooo tryin' your bread recipe! I can't bake to save my life so I hope I don't manage to ruin it some how Ü Wish me luck!