Literally a Bun in the Oven! Haha! I am talking about an awesome artisan bread baking in the oven. So yummy! I was chatting it up with Cody’s cousin’s cute wife, Jinger and she was interested in my whole food approach that I am trying to implement on our homestead. Basically I try to not have processed junk in the house. I make lots of things from scratch. This includes bread. I found an awesome no-knead artisan bread on Theitaliandishblog.com that I love. I also make honey whole wheat and french bread. I’ll post those recipes eventually.This recipe is so great because you mix everything together and then you can stick it in the fridge and just take out a bit of dough when you want a fresh loaf of bread.
This is what you need:
- 3 cups lukewarm water
- 1-1/2 tablespoons granulated fast acting (instant) yeast (Iuse SAF yeast)
- 1-1/2 tablespoons kosher or other coarse salt
- 6-1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached all purpose white flour ( I substituted 2 of the cups for wheat flour.. still amazing)
Just mix it all together, cover it loosely and then let it rise for 2 hours on the counter. Then you can cut off a chunk and let it sit on your pan for a half hour or toss it in the fridge. You can let it sit in the fridge for a couple of days and just pull out what you need whenever. The longer it sits in the fridge, the more it takes on a sourdough taste. Which is awesome because I can never get sourdough to work for me. It can stay in there for up to 14 days. Again, just let it sit for a half hour and then bake. Oh, and make sure you take a sharp knife and put some little slices in the top. It helps release gases while rising, and it makes you look like a pro!
When you bake it, fill up a pan of water and put it on the bottom rack of your oven. This will give your bread that thick crusty crust. Yumm!
Put your pan of water in and then bake at 450 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes. Or until you have a gorgeous golden brown loaf. The website I got it from says that it makes four, 1 pound loaves. But I usually make two, 2 pound loaves because I have super hungry kiddos.
Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of my beautiful loaf before half of it got devoured. Oops! It was soooo good though and it made the house smell amazing. So, I dare you to try this recipe! Your family will thank you for it!