Last week for our anniversary, we decided to put the kids to bed early, and have a quiet candle lit dinner, just us two. I made shrimp and sun dried tomatoes pasta, and it was delicious! I also made a loaf of homemade bread for my first time! It was so much fun to make, and it came out seriously so yummy! 😋 So, of course, I’d love to pass on the recipe with you guys and also to keep it on my blog, so I can always make it again. It was way cheaper than buying a loaf of French-style country bread at the store, too! Oh, and it’s SO easy to make!
-1 1/2 ACTIVE DRY OR INSTANT YEAST
-6 1/2 cups of Unbleached, all-purpose flour. Set aside more for dusting dough
-1 tbsp salt
- In a large mixing bowl, add the yeast, salt, and add 3 cups lukewarm water (around 100 degrees). Add the flour and mix until there are no dry pouches. The dough will feel slightly loose.
- Lightly, Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel. Don’t seal airtight.
- Let the dough sit and rise at room temperature for about 2 hours.
- After you let it sit out for no more than 5 hours, get a knife and cut the dough in half to bake your first loaf of bread or both. If you’d like to store some dough, you can seal the rest of the dough in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for no more than two weeks.
- Stretch your loaf to form a nice round shape and place your dough on a parchment sheet or a rimmed baking sheet turned upside down. Let dough rest for 40 minutes.
- Place a broiler pan at the bottom of your oven. If you don’t have a boiler pan, you can just toss in a few ice cubes at the bottom of the oven when you place your bread in there. Place a baking stone on the middle rack of your oven, and Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Let the baking stone heat at 450 degrees for 20 minutes before placing dough on it.
- Once the dough is ready to be baked, dust the dough with a little flour. Slide the dough with parchment paper onto the stone. Add a cup of hot water into the broiler pan (or use the ice cube trick in the above step) and close the oven quickly to trap the steam. Bake the bread until well browned, about 24-28 minutes.
- Let the bread sit out until it’s completely cool
Making bread is a long process, but if you’re home all day like me, you can easily start making it in the morning, so it’s ready for you to eat by supper. I served mine with some delicious butter.