I will be the first to admit, that sometimes when I walk into my kitchen with a plan to make a recipe that I have in mind…there is a certain trepidation that I feel. Honestly, there are different recipes that really intimidate me, or recipes that I have tried numerous times, and failed (ahem..in my case…chocolate chips cookies).
I think we all have recipes that make us nervous, whether it’s because we haven’t tried a certain cooking technique, or maybe we’re trying a new ingredient (or worse yet, introducing that new ingredient to our fussy family), or it’s just a recipe with a gazillion steps that usually will make even the most proficient in the kitchen a touch uptight.
For me? Well, the aforementioned chocolate chip cookies are my biggest issue in the kitchen, but then baking bread comes a close second. And that’s a shame, because I love homemade bread. Well, maybe it’s a good thing that I don’t make it that often.
And that’s because I’m weak.
Fresh bread out of the oven loaded with butter, weak.
So, a few weeks ago, I was tucked inside the cabin during a very snowy week, and thought it would be a good time to practice my bread baking skills.
I think I gained 5 pounds.
I’ll tell you though, this is a wonderful recipe for a baking rookie such as myself. No need to knead, you just stir everything together in a bowl, and let the dough rise for an hour or so. Baked in a dutch oven (or heavy large saucepan) for about 1/2 hour, and you have a delicious home baked bread. I think I just gained another five pounds just telling you about it..
Life is good. It’s a “Yeah, I know it’s even easier to go out and buy a loaf of bread, but there is something seriously satisfying in baking your own…” kind of good.
Tell me…What are your fears in the kitchen?
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp yeast
- 1½ cups warm water (hot to the touch from faucet)
- Blend all ingredients in a bowl until just combined. It will be a sticky mess. Shape into a round loaf in a generously greased bowl.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for 1-2 hours.
- Remove plastic wrap and place in well greased or parchment paper lined dutch oven (or large saucepan). Sprinkle the top with flour.
- Bake at 375 for about 30-40 minutes, or until a rich golden brown.
- Make sure you enjoy a slice right out of the oven! The outside is crispy and the inside is soft and so, SO delicious!