The smell of homemade bread, dear goodness, there’s almost nothing better. Except maybe the smell of butter baking, maaayyyybe that’s better.
Try adding flavors, like rosemary and garlic.
Oh shoot, that’s some good stuff!
After making fresh bread, you feel lame ever buying it again. Not just because homemade tastes FAR superior, but because it’s THAT easy. I made this bread, kneading and everything with one hand. Why? Because the baby was in the other. Go ahead, you go try now. Give yourself the gift of homemade bread!
Makes 2 loaves, or 4 smaller loaves perfect for a honkin sandwich.
1 packet active yeast (not instant)
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
Mix the yeast, water and salt in a large bowl. Let it stand for 5 minutes. Add the flours, garlic and rosemary. Mix with a wooden spoon just until it’s incorporated. Cover and let stand for 3-4 hours, until it has doubled in size.
Divide the dough into 4 portions (or 2, depending on what size you want them) are shape into a ball. Slit an ‘x’ the top of each piece ball with a knife. Place on a baking sheet dusted with cornmeal and allow to sit for 1 hour, until it has almost doubled in size again.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place a metal (not glass, it will explode, I know from experience!) baking dish in the bottom of the oven while it’s heating.
Put the bread in the oven and pour 1 cup of water in the dish on the bottom of the oven and close the oven door immediatly.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when you tap on it.
Serve immediatly with some olive oil and balsamic for dipping.
Or use it for a sandwich!