Sunday, October 23, 2011

making homemade bread

after stumbling upon Macheesmo's blog, and seeing his "no knead bread," I knew I had to try to make my own loaf of bread.  I gathered up the ingredients and got ready to start the process.
Basic No Knead Bread Loaf (from Macheesmo's blog)
(Makes a large loaf or two small loafs)
*4 cups flour (2 whole wheat and 2 bread flour)
*1/3 tsp active dry yeast
*1 2/3 tsp salt
*2 1/6 cups water

Whole wheat flour, bread flour, yeast, and salt

First you mix all of the dry ingredients in a big bowl.   Then you add the water and use your hands to mix it together. 
Cover this loosely (I used a towel) and let rest on the counter for at least 18 hours.
This is what you get after 18 hours.  After letting it raise for 18 hours you get to let it raise for another 2.  Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a floured counter service.  Form it into a ball and put it on a towel, seam side down, that has been dusted with flour. 

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.  Make sure you preheat your pizza stone as well.  Once the oven is nice hot, add your bread ball to the stone and put it away for 45 minutes.  Don't forget to add a few slits on the top of the bread in order to vent it.  After it is done baking let it rest for at least an hour before cutting.
Waiting to be cut

This morning we had some of our freshly baked bread as toast along with our eggs and bacon.  I put some butter (what appears to be a lot) and a drizzle of honey.  Delicious!

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