Saturday, January 17, 2009

Real Easy, really really easy bread

One of the things I love to do is bake bread. Almost more than spreading some butter on it after about 10 minutes when it has come out of the oven. If you have never baked bread because you felt it was to hard and pain to make this recipe is for you!

You don't need anything special, no mixer , no special pans, nada!

You can even pre make the dough , put it in to a refrigerator, take it out 12 hours later bake and eat.

Place the warm water into the pot, add the salt and flour. Then add the yeast. Take large spoon and stir in the pot to be sure everything is mixed well and there are no dry flour spots. The dough will look almost too soupy unlike a ball that you normally would knead. It will have quite a bit of moisture. That how you want it.
Cover with plastic or another pan or lid.....
Wait until it bubbles up and increases in size almost double.
Take the spoon then and punch it down, stirring once or twice, no more. Now be sure your pot is a non stick type otherwise you will have some difficulty in releasing the bread. You can also after you punch down the dough the second time transfer it to a standard non stick loaf pan or one that has been buttered. That way you will have a standard loaf size for sandwiches etc.
The you want it to rise again, it will take about 2 hours, in a nice warm area. Then
Preheat your oven to 400
When the oven is hot, stick it in , preferable in the middle rack
Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes.
The way to tell if it is ready is take it out of the oven and with your finger give it a thump
If it sounds hollow, it's done!
Take out, let cool for about 20 minutes, it will shrink down a tad, turn the pot over and the bread will fall out, cool or cut and enjoy!

Stuff you will knead.......
4 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 cuts warm water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp honey or brown sugar

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