In the last weeks so many of us have started baking their own bread. For some these are the first bread baking experiences, so here is one simple and easy bread making recipe. My personal "go to recipe" for the quick bake in the middle of the week when it happens that we run out of bread at home and we don't feel like walking to the bakery :-)
Time needed: about 3 hours
Dough preparation and proving:
about 2,5 hours
Baking time about 40 minutes
1. Put the flour, salt, sugar and yeast into the mixing bowl and give it a quick mix
2. Add water and oil and mix in your mixer using the dough hook for about 10 minutes
3. Take the bowl out of the mixer and form your dough into a small bowl.
4. Cover the dough with some olive oil and leave it in a warm spot, covered with a tea towel, until it doubles in size (about 1,5 hours)
5. Once the dough has had time to rise put it back to the mixer and give it another quick mix (one to two minutes),
6. Put your dough on a floured surface and spread it into a rectangular shape. Roll it up into a shape that fits your baking tray.
7. Brush your baking tray with oil and cover it with flour.
8. Put your dough into the baking tray and leave it, covered with a tea towel, on a warm spot for another hour (or until it doubles in volume).
9. Put an empty baking tray on the bottom of your oven and preheat it to 250°C (480°F)
10. Once the oven is hot enough put the bread in and pour one cup of water into the empty baking tray at the bottom of the oven.
11. Bake your bread for 20 minutes on 250°C (480°F)
12. After reduce the heat down to 200°C (390°F) and open your oven for 2-3 seconds to let the steam out.
13 Continue baking at 200°C (390°F) for another 15-20 minutes depending how well done you want your bread loaf to be.
Have a bite!
Baking the bread
You can make the baking process even simpler. Instead of steps 9-13 just preheat the oven at 220!C (430°F) and bake your bread for about 30 to 40 minutes (or until you get the desired color of the crust). This will make your crust a little less crunchy but it will also simplify the baking process.
Marijo & Hans