This recipe is a real winner. I find most often when I mention making homemade bread to someone, it sparks images of days of yore, churning one's own butter, etc., etc., followed promptly by some exclamation of "Ain't nobody got time fo' dat!"
Well, this recipe is definitely one you'll want to keep around, if for no other reason than to APPEAR as though you spent hours in the kitchen when you really didn't.
The trick is that it's a no knead bread - so much of the work of traditional bread making is cut out right there. AND, since it's peasant bread, you really don't have to put a lot of work into shaping the dough to having finished bread rounds that look pretty good. Even if they're not perfect, hey, that's the beauty of peasant bread.
You might also recognize this by more familiar terms nowadays of artisan or artisanal bread - those are just schmancy terms for bread that is made (or crafted) in small batches. And this certainly qualifies. So feel free to also call it that when you're serving it - after all, doesn't it sound SO MUCH MORE difficult to make artisan bread? Exactly.
2 1/4 tsp dry yeast (this equals one whole package)
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 tsp salt
4 cups all purpose flour
1 egg white for topping (if desired)
- Mix yeast and warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, add sugar, salt, and flour. Mix only until ingredients are completely incorporated. Do not knead. Let rise until doubled (45-90 minutes).
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Using floured hands, divide dough into two rounds and place on a greased cookie sheet.
- If desired, brush tops of bread rounds with egg white for a shiny crust.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Then, reduce heat to 375 degrees and cook an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown.
To serve this rustic bread, you can slice it or tear off pieces - your choice.
This bread makes an excellent companion to dipping sauces made of olive oil and spices or olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Or, serve with your favorite jams and jellies for a breakfast treat.