Friday, 3 January 2014

5 Minute Artisan Bread

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This is hands down the easiest bread I've ever made. It's also the only bread I've ever made, because I thought making it yourself was quite a process. Not so!

Measure 6.5 cups of flour, 1.5 tbsp of yeast, and 1.5 tbsp of salt into a bowl.

Pour over 3 cups of lukewarm water and stir to combine.

Put a lid on the bowl or make one with tinfoil (once you've finished, save the tinfoil for next time) and let it sit somewhere for 2 - 5 hours.

After a couple of hours your dough will have magically risen!

Separate the dough into two or three portions - it will come out of the bowl quite easily - and roll each portion into a ball on a floured surface. Lightly cover a baking tray or pizza stone with flour and place each ball of dough on it to sit for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 230 degrees. Just before you put the loaves in the oven, shape them however you like and then use a sharp knife to make a couple of cuts across each loaf to let the steam out. Also, place a pan in the oven with a couple of cups of water in it - this will create steam which makes for a crispier crust.

How long they will cook for depends on your oven. For me it took 20 minutes on fan bake, even though the recipe said 30 - 35 minutes. So you'll need to trial and error this one! Anyway - once golden on the outside, they'll be perfect on the inside.

Take out and place on racks to cool.

It seems like a lot of steps written down but it was super easy and having done it once, I won't need to look at the recipe again. 

So there you have it! Delicious and easy, this bread is a good balance between dense and light and fluffy, and so much better than store bought bread as there is NOTHING except natural ingredients in it. Enjoy!

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