I used to make bread daily… that is until we discovered that one of our sons, Trystan, is severely gluten intolerant(Leaky gut syndrome SUCKS – especially for a 6 year old boy who just wants to gobble everything he sees!) Now, we make it a whole lot less… mostly on days that we make soups or stews only because I tend to eat bread with my soup as a tradition in our house…. And I love making toast with bruschetta. And my house smells so good! (The photo of the breads that we are making is whole wheat bread!)
This is a GREAT recipe to make bread bowls as well!!! Divide the dough into 4 or 5 smaller rounds, shape and bake!
- 6-1/2 cups of wheat (We grind our own, so we add 2T of wheat gluten too) – plus a small amount of flour to dust bread board)
- 2 Tablespoon yeast
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 3 cups warm water (not boiling, but warm to touch) plus 4 more cups of water for the bottom of the oven in a metal pan to “steam while cooking
- 2 teaspoons salt (I only use pink Himalayan in my house)
- Optional toppings: see below
- In a glass bowl, add water, yeast and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes or until bubbly. (OR instead, use 1 cup sour dough starter instead of the yeast mixture plus 1-1/2 cup of water – Sourdough starter recipe here)
- In a larger bowl, stir together wheat (and wheat gluten if you are adding extra) and salt.
- Slowly stir in yeast mixture(or sour dough starter plus water) into flour with wooden spoon.
- Blend well until dough forms.
- Place dough ball in clean bowl.
- Cover with cloth and let rise on counter for 1 hour.
- Divide the dough in half and roll out to form either a boule shape (round) or a baguette (long and skinny) and let rise again for 1 hour.
- Using your bread knife, make slices into the tops of the dough about 1/2 inch deep. (I have always done this… I think that it is just decorative.)
- (OPTIONAL – you can sprinkle with cheese or garlic, fresh or dried herbs before baking… (I have 3 kids who LOVE cheese and fresh jalapenos on their bread)
- Place dough in oven and pour 4 cups of water in a pan in the bottom of heated oven… this gives a crunchy outside layer.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.