Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Bread Recipe

I have discovered another bread recipe that I like better than my previous recipe. The website I get this from has too many words so I will give you all the info you need, right from my memory!  The website is really helpful for pictures and the videos at the bottom of the post, so be sure to look at them! Try it and tell me what you think!

4 cups flour
2 tsp dry active yeast
1 Tb sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
2 cups of lukewarm water (1 1/2 cups cold & 1/2 cup of boiling is your best option!)

I use organic ingredients, but you can use whatever you'd like.

Step 1- Boil water.  In a measuring jug fill with 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of boiled water.  Add sugar and yeast.  Let sit until the yeast gets foamy...about 15 mins.  You can stir if you want, but I usually try and wait until after it foams.

Step 2- While yeast water is doing its thing, measure out salt and flour into a big bowl and mix together.

Step 3- a. Pour yeast water into flour after it's become foamy and b. mix.

Step 3a
Step 3b

Step 4- Once you have it all mixed together as shown in "Step 3b" cover with a towel.  Preheat oven on lowest temp (usually 170 degrees) for 1 minute and then TURN OFF and simply put your covered bowl into the oven to rise for 1-1/2 hours.

Step 5- When your bread has risen, you can grease 2 pyrex bowls.  Play with the sizes to see what you like.  I like using a bigger size than the original recipe calls for because I like my bread cut with longer slices.  In the pic below you see I used 2 different sizes and it worked fine.

Step 5

Step 6- a. This is the ONLY tricky part...and it's not that tricky but you'll want to watch the video because my picture doesn't explain it very well.  You will use 2 forks and pull the dough off the sides and fold into the middle.  Go around the bowl a few times.  You can also use one fork and one hand to hold the bowl (my problem!).  b. Once you're done folding the dough over itself, divide the bread into half.

Step 6b

Step 7- put the bread into your pyrex containers and let rise for another 20 mins.  I usually cover them again and put them on the oven while it's preheating to the cook temperature - 425 degrees.

Step 7

Step 8- put bread into a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes and then 375 degrees for 17 minutes.'re DONE!  Yip, all done! :)