Friday, June 28, 2013

FRESH BREAD

I got up and tried a recipe for Crusty Bread this morning.  Turned out pretty good.


Cut a slice, put some margarine on it, punch it up with a fresh cuppa joe . . . breakfast fit for a king.


As promised, it is very crusty . . . but good.

Recipe: The night before, in a large bowl whisk together 3 cups of flour, 1-3/4 teaspoons of salt, 1/2 teaspoon Instant or Rapid-rise yeast. Add 1-1/2 cups of water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.  Cover it with plastic wrap and set aside for 12-18 hours.

In the morning heat oven to 450 degrees. When heated place a covered Dutch oven in for 30 minutes.  While heating, pour your dough onto a heavily-floured surface, shape into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and let it set.

After 30 minute heating, drop the dough into the pot, cover it and bake it for 30 minutes. Then remove the lid and bake for another 15 minutes uncovered.

Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.

You're done!  Easy-peasy.  And yummers!

By the way, it's 11:30 a.m. right now and 109 degrees and rising!

20 comments:

  1. Bruce, it looks tasty. You are a chef.

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    1. It is tasty but don't be too generous. You haven't seen or tasted my many failures!

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    2. I don't believe you have had failures. At least not many.

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  2. I love crusty bread, all those nooks and crannies for butter and jam to hide.

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    1. It is. 'Course, you have the champion bread baker of all time in your house.

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    1. Charlotte, thanks for stopping by and, by all means, do try the recipe.

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  5. That looks purty scrummy to me. And Stephen's observation about nooks and crannies is spot on. Keep it coming Bruce.

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    1. The bottom crust was a bit tough but the taste is, yes, "purty scrummy".

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  6. Add me to the list of crusty bread fans. We buy bread that looks similar at Central Market because I'm not brave enough to try and make it myself. You should get a medal for courage!

    S

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    1. Ah, this one takes no courage at all. You could do it blindfolded. (But don't try that. I burned myself lightly a couple of times!)

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  7. I thought maybe you were going to say that you cooked it outside in the oven called Phoenix.

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  8. Yum - that looks really good!

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  9. That looks delicious. I haven't really tried making bread yet. There isn't anything like the smell of bread baking.

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