WE2 – Wifey
I’m betting on a lot of you on SCP are bread makers… Not the fancy electric thingies that leave a hole the size of a quarter in the bottom of all your breads saying “they didn’t do this” to everybody who gets the slice with a notch in it.. So I thought I’d share my absolutely MOST favorite bread that I make up. I use the basic recipe of the YouTuber called artisanbreadwithsteve… if you’d like to find him.
I’ve used it for several different types of breads, but I don’t have one of his fancy ceramic crockpots, so I use either my corningware crock with it’s lid, my small cast iron skillet (if I’m camping), my mini-bread loaf pans, my regular sized loaf pans or my larger sized loaf pans.
This recipe works almost flawlessly… unless you alter the type of flour you use. I’d suggest getting used to the “basic” recipe before you step into the designer-type breads. Either way, I’m just sure you’ll love it as much as I do. One of the main reasons I love it is that I put the dough together in about 5 minutes or less, follow his directions of covering it with plastic wrap & forgetting about it for 8-12 hours. You let your yeast do the work for you. I usually put it together after supper and then get it ready for the 2nd rise just before I start breakfast.
Cleanup is a breeze. Just a bit ago though (before lunch) I mixed up a batch of dough because I planned to make some hoagie buns for our sandwiches etc. I love being able to take the same dough, make a few minor adjustments (raisins, cinnamon, sugar or ground flax, ground sesame seeds, oatmeal, you name it!) and having scruuumptous and easy artisan breads… be they round, square, oblong or whatever shape I want them to be in, even braided!) Anywhooo…here’s a pic of a loaf that I made yesterday morning before I left to take care of Mother’s household cares.
ps…forgive the flakes of ground flax on the dish…got a bit careless…when I put it in the bottom of my baking dish because I wanted the bread to have some extra fiber.
ARTISANBREADWITHSTEVE (on youtube)
DO NOT KNEAD THIS DOUGH!!!!
3 cups sifted flour
1 ½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. instant yeast
12 oz. room temp. water
In a glass bowl, mix all dry ingredients with a wisk.
Add water & use the HANDLE of a wooden spoon or plastic spoon.
Starting at the outer edge of your bowl, work your way inward until the dough begins to pull away from the bowl.
It will be a somewhat “sticky” bowl
Cover with plastic wrap & set in a safe place and leave for 8 to 12 hours to rise (about double).
Set your oven to 450
Flour your surface.
Grab you favorite 8″ skillet (I like my cast iron one) and oil it GENEROUSLY.
Gently push your dough out of the bowl onto your floured surface.
Flour your hands and…
Gently flatten your dough to about 2 or 3 inches and then FOLD gently the ends inward, then the sides inward.
Place in your oiled skillet & then turn it over to make sure both sides are oiled.
Place in your pre-heated, 450 oven, and bake for 30-35 minutes (until golden brown).
If you “tap” on the top of your bread, it should “thump” and this should mean it’s done.
Remove it from your skillet, let cool on a rack, and when thoroughly cool, place in a bread bag.
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