Does making bread intimidate you, just a little? I’ve been making bread for a LONG time, but there are still some batches that make me scratch my head and wonder what went wrong. Time is another factor. Sometimes I want fresh bread or rolls to go with a meal, but I don’t have time in my day to make it.
Today is your day to cross both of those problems off your list. This bread is so simple, cheap and hands-off that anyone can make it . Did I mention that it’s delicious? It’s crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Mmmmm. Perfect with soup, and well, perfect with anything.
Get your recipe book out. This isn’t one of those recipes you throw on a scrap of paper and lose. It’s a keeper.
2 c. warm water
1 T. yeast
2 tsp. salt
3 T. sugar
4 c. flour
Get ready. These instructions are so simple you’ll think you’ve missed something. You haven’t. They’re just that easy.
Dissolve yeast, sugar, salt in warm water. Because you’re using quite a bit of water, don’t expect your yeast to bubble. Just make sure everything is dissolved by stirring the bottom of the bowl. When you don’t hear granules between your spoon and the bowl, you’re good. It will look like this:
Stir in flour until mixed well. It’s a sticky dough. You don’t need to knead it, so don’t worry if it seems more sticky than other bread dough you’ve made. It’ll look like this:
Let it rise until it’s doubled. This may take an hour but probably a bit less. Split the dough in half. I oil my hands up a little so that the dough doesn’t stick and I sort of ”cut” it with my fingers. No need to be too exact.
Place the dough on an oiled and cookie sheet in two even lumps. You can sprinkle cornmeal on the sheet first if you prefer it. I like to sprinkle it with basil and oregano at this point.
Let the dough rest there for 15-20 minutes. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 375 for 15-20 minutes and you’re done!
Look how pretty it is!
If you want to mix it up a bit, try adding something yummy. Caramelized onions, kalamata olives and feta, or roasted garlic cloves all add really yummy flavors and textures. OR, cut it like a huge bun, layer your favorite ingredients and cut them in quarters or smaller and you have delicious sandwiches for a crowd. They’re sure to like the sandwich but they’ll LOVE the bread.