Happy, happy Tuesday! Guess what we had yesterday???? Snow! It was lovely and cozy! It was the perfect evening for soup and fresh bread! I had on the menu chicken enchiladas, but once I saw the snow… I knew we needed soup and fresh bread! So what to do when it is already 2pm and you need bread by 5? You make peasant bread! That is what this bread is called! I got the original recipe from a dear friend and I LOVE IT! I think we make this bread at least three if not four times a week. Dinner is always better with fresh hot bread. It is also sooooo very easy to make! This is one of those recipes that your eight year old could make! Helpful Hint: IF you have any left overs it makes amazing croutons! Be ready to be wowed!
2 cups water
1 Tbsp plus 1/4 tsp sugar
4 cups flour ( you can use all purpose or bread flour)
2 tsp salt
In large bowl..
2 cups warm water
1 tbsp yeast
1/4 tsp sugar…. mix these gently and let the yeast bloom. Let it sit for about five min. The yeast will get all foamy. HELPFUL HINT: if it does not get foamy, throw it out and restart, the yeast is dead.
After the yeast blooms, add 4 cups flour ,1tbsp sugar and 2 tsp salt. Mix well with a fork, until all combined. Cover with Saran wrap and place in warm spot. HELPFUL HINT: My favorite spot is in the oven with the light on and the door shut. Let it rise for one hour. Then using your hands separate dough in half and place both halves on a greased cookie sheet. Let it rise another hour. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, melt 2 tbsp. butter and brush on loaves. Bake bread for 10 min, then turn heat down to 375 degrees and bake additional 15 min. Bread is done when golden brown. Remove from oven and brush again with melted butter. Cut in slices and eat! YUMMY! Any leftovers? Use them for croutons, bread pudding, bread crumbs… so very good! Hope you enjoy! What is your favorite kind of bread? What recipes would you like to see? I love to hear from you!