I have been making bread at home every other day and I am really quite enjoying the experience – as well as eating the bread!
I make a super simple bread that requires VERY little effort.
All I do is scoop 3 cups of flour, a half cup of rolled oats, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and a 1/2 teaspoon of yeast into my cast iron Dutch oven. And then stir/whisk it together with a fork.
Then I add 3/4 of a cup of room temperature water, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and and 6 tablespoons of beer. Yep, a little apple cider vinegar and a little beer. And if I do not have a beer in the fridge, I just make up the difference with water.
Mix the wet and the dry together until it is a wet ball of dough that sticks more to itself than to my hands, and then I let it sit. Overnight. Or overnight and all the next day. Whenever I get a chance, I bake it. If I do leave it over night, in the morning I will push the dough back into a ball shape and then leave it to sit for another stretch.
When I am ready to bake the bread, I knead it for 10-15 seconds, just enough to roughly form it into the shape I want. Onto a piece of parchment paper, and then into the oven at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. In the cast iron Dutch oven – with the lid on. And then, I remove the lid and let it bake for another 25 minutes.
I usually take my Fusion Classic chef’s knife and score the top of the dough along the length of the loaf and I will smear a little butter along the top. If I am feeling it, I will sprinkle oregano or a little coarse salt on top before baking.
That’s it. My super simple way of making bread.
- 3 cups flour (I typically use white flour – I prefer the texture of the bread when using white flour)
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats (I use what I have – rolled oats or quick oats)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of yeast
- 3/4 cup of room temperature water
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 6 tablespoons of beer (optional – leave out the beer and use a bit more water – if you like)
Optional is the butter, herbs, and coarse salt to go on top before baking. That’s it.
Home made bread with virtually no effort. And baking it makes the house all warm feeling and the smell of baking bread – amazing! Let me know how it turns out if you try it.