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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:

Steve said...

Bruce, it looks tasty. You are a chef.

Stephen Hayes said...

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

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

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

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

You have it exactly right, Stephen.

Tom Cochrun said...

Yup. Looks tasty.

Charlotte Crawley said...

I'll have to give that a try. Yum.

Tom said...

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

Steve said...

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

Lowandslow said...

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

Judy said...

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

The Bug said...

Yum - that looks really good!

The Bug said...

Ha!

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Just keep that thought.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

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

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

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

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

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

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

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!)

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

I think maybe I could have, Judy.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Yup, yummy.

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

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