Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Where Would You LOVE to Cook Today?

Better Homes and Garden always have the best pictures...
Do you think this is really someone’s kitchen...
I do...
And I want to Cook here today...
I will weat a butter yellow apron,
stir with a wooden spoon,
put a wooden cutting board on the table,
and open the window for a nice breeze...
This one makes me want to do Bread....
How about ....

Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread

1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, more for dusting dough
3 cups lukewarm water

1. In a large bowl or plastic container, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water (about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Dough will be quite loose. Cover, but not with an airtight lid. Let dough rise at room temperature 2 hours (or up to 5 hours).

2. Bake at this point or refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on dough and cut off a grapefruit-size piece with serrated knife. Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and a lumpy bottom. Put dough on pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal; let rest 40 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough or refrigerate it.

3. Place broiler pan on bottom of oven. Place baking stone on middle rack and turn oven to 450 degrees; heat stone at that temperature for 20 minutes.

4. Dust dough with flour, slash top with serrated or very sharp knife three times. Slide onto stone. Pour one cup hot water into broiler pan and shut oven quickly to trap steam. Bake until well browned, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.

Yield: 4 loaves.

This is one of my favorite breads to make. This recipe was Adapted from “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day,” by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François

1 comment:

  1. Mmmm, there is nothing better than fresh, homemade bread!!


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