A bread that takes less than 3 hours to make from scratch! Yay! It’s not always easy to find a bread recipe that you can rise within 2 hours and cook in about a half an hour. I found this peasant bread recipe about a month ago on RealMomKitchen.com and have already baked it 5 times! It requires very few ingredients and very little effort. It’s a perfect bread to eat with soups or simply dip into oil, awesome right out of the oven and will last a few days as well.
Ingredients : flour, sugar, salt, water, yeast, butter, cornmeal
1 package dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups flour
Place yeast, water, sugar, and salt in bowl and stir until dissolved. Add flour and stir until well blended. Do not knead. Cover and let rise until double in size (about 1 hour). Remove dough from bowl and place in 2 rounds on a greased cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Let rise an additional hour. Brush top on dough with melted butter and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve warm.
— I found this dough to be extremely wet (which means easy to stir by hand!). The first time I used this recipe I followed the exact instructions and got a moist yet delicious bread with a crispy crust. However, because it was so wet, It was very tricky and sticky to get the dough from the bowl to the pan. The next few times I made it I used 4 generously heaping cups of flour instead and got nice results as well; it was still very wet and not too much easier to handle the dough. Although I think it helped the texture a bit and I will continue with the heaping measurement.
When you are transferring the dough on to the pan you will basically just be plopping two dough blobs down. Because the dough is so wet it may end up merging back to one — no big deal. Don’t skimp on the butter brushed on top; I think this is one of the best parts, it will add to your crispy golden crust and overall deliciousness. Cooking time will vary slightly depending on your oven. After a few times I found that cooking it (in my oven) a few extra minutes until golden brown is how we like it.
Aside from this bread being easy to make and virtually impossible to screw up, it is also very inexpensive. Nothing beats freshly baked bread!
Average Cost :
Total Cost is about $1.50!
Hoping to find more and more easy bread recipes!
Let me know if you have one for me to try…