Ok. I’ve tried and I’ve tried over the years. I’ve really tried to cut out processed and premade products for the family and making a good eating and slicing bread has been a big goal. It seems no matter what I tried things always fell flat or smelled yeasty or wouldn’t slice nicely.
I finally found a recipe online that said it was so easy a 3 year old could do it, so I figured I could too.
And they were right!
Here’s the recipe.
3 cups flour
( all white, or with 1/2 cup whole flour works best, any more is possible, it’s just heavier)
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp quick rise yeast
1.5 cups water
I use room temp water usually but slightly warm water seems to give it a boost too.
Cover your dough in the bowl. I used to use plastic wrap, but it made more waste than I liked so now I cover it with a plate.
Then set it somewhere cozy overnight.
Do not knead.
Now scrape it out of the bowl onto a floured surface and shape into a loaf. Do not knead.
Then if you want a nice slicing loaf, place in a parchment lined bread pan. If you want a more rustic, round loaf, place on parchment into a bowl. I like to use my Dutch oven, it was however, double booked for the photo shoot, so I improvised. 🙂
Now enjoy the smell and the sound of crackling as it cools and try not to eat it all before it cools. I couldn’t. At least the first dozen loaves never cooled.
Once I emerged from my bread coma a few lbs heavier, lol, I learned that after it cools I could store it in an old plastic bread bag and the crust softens and it slices beautifully.
There you go.
I broke it down and added a ton of pics so it looks more complicated than it is. It’s easy to remember and very forgiving. And I swear it only takes 10 minutes total of your time to make. It allowed me to finally achieve my goal of only making our own bread. When I used to buy 3-4 loaves per week.
Good luck. Let me know how you do. 🙂