Part of the reason I’ve been terrible at updating is that I’ve been expanding my culinary horizons and trying new things in the kitchen. One of my new favourite things in the world is YEAST! I’ve been baking a lot of bread and it’s SO easy!
I used to be terrified of yeast and fermentation but I read one of my hundreds of cook books recently about making artisan bread in 5 minutes a day and I am a new woman!
To make easy 5 minute bread all you need is:
3.25 cups flour
1.5 cup lukewarm water
0.75 tsbp active yeast
0.75 tbsp salt
Dissolve the yeast in warm water and add to the other ingredients until uniform.
Proof for 2 hours, covered, in a warm place (your kitchen will do)and refrigerate in an airtight container. If you forget about it, you can proof it for up to 5 hours.
When you are ready to bake it, take it out of the fridge, cut with a serrated knife, make a ball and let it rest for 20 minutes while you preheat your oven to 450F.
Bake for 30 minutes and have your mind BLOWN by how delicious and easy this was.
That’s really it! You don’t even need to knead it. You may want to score the dough before baking but you really don’t have to.
You can keep the dough in the fridge for weeks at a time and it will still come out delicious. This recipe makes two 1lb breads but if you have a large enough container, I recommend doubling it. Sadly, I don’t have the room in the fridge!
You can try and make different versions of it by changing the flour type and water content. The wetter the dough the airier it will be. This particular bread is a whole grain bread with fresh rosemary and thyme. It was delicious and lasted about 5 minutes.