Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bread Recipes

Here are a few bread recipes that I use in the breadmaker all the time.  They go great with BBQ ribs.

French Bread

  • 1.5 cups water
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2.5 tsp bread yeast
 Throw them into the bread maker in that order, set on white or french cycle.  If you don't have a bread maker, you'll mix them up in your mixer with the dough hook until it forms a nice cohesive ball, let it proof in a nice warm place for a few hours.  Punch it down and let rise again, then bake at 350 until it gets brown, maybe 30 min, but not sure.

Potato Bread

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 glugs olive oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 potato, "baked" in microwave, peeled then mashed or grated
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2.5 tsp bread yeast
Similarly, throw into bread machine in the order presented, run on white bread cycle.  Alternatively, mixer/dough hook, rise, punch, rise, bake.

No Knead Bread

This is from Mark Bittman.  It works good, and tastes amazing for how much work it takes.
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups water
Mix up dry ingredients with a quick hand fluff.  Toss in the water and mix it until it's just mixed together and forms a cohesive lump.  Let it sit for 12-24 hours.

After it's done sitting, flop it out on the counter, pat it a little until it's a fairly uniform thickness, somewhat circular shape.  Grab opposite edges, and fold in thirds into the middle, from two orthogonal directions.  Sprinkle some flour out and set the loaf on it, throw some more flour over the top.

Get your oven pre-heated to 500 F with your dutch oven inside of it.  When the dutch is blazingly hot, carefully pull out the oven rack and remove the dutch lid.  Toss the loaf into the dutch with the seam side up and replace the lid.  Shove it back into the oven.

Let it cook for 30 min with the dutch closed, then open it up for the last 15.  Turn it out of the dutch to cool, this allows the crust to form up on the bottom.  Viola!  Bread.

This is a picture of Marion's first No Knead Bread

1 comment:

  1. Nice! We were just saying that it is time to get back to bread machine. We used to use it weekly our first couple years here in davis, and this past year... maybe once! How about some whole wheat recipes? I can send you guys our multigrain bread recipe. Cheers!


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