Dinner Diaries

Recently, my sister-in-law was told me how easy + inexpensive it is to make bread at home.
I got inspired and started pinning my little heart out.
I found a pin for  French Peasant Bread (which my SIL highly recommended) and went with it.
I have to admit that I am a "do-er" and not always a thinker... The first time I made bread I had the dough rising and was on the phone with  my best friend when she asked if I had a loaf pan.
Which of course I didn't but luckily both babies were napping and daddy was home so I ran to target to buy a loaf pan!

Here is the recipe I follow:
  • 1 package dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 t salt
  • 4 1/2 c flour
  • corn meal
  • melted butter (about 2-3 T)
  1. Place yeast, water, sugar, and salt in warm bowl and stir until dissolved. Add flour and stir until blended. Do not knead.
  2. Cover and let rise one hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Remove dough from the bowl with floured hands (or awkwardly scoop out half the dough with a rubber spatula like I do, because the dough is really sticky and I don’t want to touch it!) and place in 2 rounds on a parchment-lined cookie sheet sprinkled with corn meal. Let rise an additional hour, or until doubled.
  4. Brush the top with melted butter and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and cook an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and brush again with butter.
  6. Serve warm.
  • To make the dough ahead, follow directions up until the second rise.  Instead of leaving it out to rise, cover and place in the fridge.  It will rise some in the fridge, but it may still need up to an hour to rise before you bake it.
  • You can easily halve or half again this recipe, depending on the size of your crowd.

This is already a family favorite (Mitch and Eli can eat a loaf in 1 sitting!)
and I have been making it about once a week for a couple months now!
I also started jarring my own jam which I will blog at a later time!
Pairs great with this bread!
Hope this inspires you to bake some bread this week!

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