This is a very special post – first one after the blog makeover. It was my long pending dream to combine all the elements from my cake decoration business where you can find an extensive categorically organized gallery (still ongoing as there are 1000 plus pictures), FAQs, how to order, flavors, prices to bake at home recipes, ideas and tutorials. You can easily find your favorite recipes by searching or through category index. I am sure you will find something that is useful for you. All of the recipes are super simple and can get you baking right away. If you like what you see, don’t forget to give a thumbs up or better a share.
Coming back to today’s post, I am posting a super simple, easy recipe of a bread and that too crusty on top and chewy on inside – artisan type of European bread. Sounds too good to be true? You don’t need to be a baker or foodie for that sake to realize that a homemade fresh bread is way better and tastier (and cheaper and healthier) than supermarket brought. And I am not even taking into consideration the factory processed bread. Any bread with more than four to five ingredients cannot be classified as bread. Period.
Ok so if you are somewhat convinced and thinking that oh well, may be I can give it a try, here is a super easy. four ingredient (including water), no knead recipe that requires no special ingredient or tools or even a big chunk of time. Get the ingredients, stir, leave, collect and bake. So grab you yeast and give it a try.
- Flour 3 cups (I use half whole wheat and half all purpose white)
- Salt 1 teaspoon
- Yeast 1 teaspoon
- Water 1.5 cups
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Stir in luke warm water and stir with a spatula until everything is well combined. You can add quarter cup of more water if needed and if its too tough or difficult to combine well.
- Tightly cover with plastic wrap and place on counter to rise for 12-15 hours. I leave mine overnight.
- After rising, the dough will be puffed up, bubbly, fermented but not like a dough which is ok.
- Lavishly spread flour on a clean surface and take out all the dough over it. With gentle hands light floured, form it into a ball, place it on parchment paper and cover again with same plastic wrap to rise for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the over to 450 F and place baking pan or heavy bottom pan to pre heat with it. Make sure all part of the pan you are using like handles etc. are heat proof.
- Once oven and pan is ready and dough has risen, carefully place your parchment with dough in the pan and cover with foil or lid and bake for 40-45 mins.
- Remove cover and bake again for 15 more minutes until brown on top.
- Cool slightly and enjoy.
- We are mimicking dutch oven by using a covered preheated pan to bake our bread in.