Homemade Bread!


Is bread hard to make. NOPE!


In fact, it is SO easy, that my husband - a man who does not cook - makes this recipe all the time. And I am happy to report, that this is his recipe that I get to share!


My suggestion - just go ahead and make two. You'll freeze one loaf and thank me!


Ingredients:

  • 5 cups flour of your choosing - this recipe works well with coconut, almond, or chickpea but there may not be as much "rise" as with gluten free flours

  • 3 cups water

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 cup ground golden flax

  • 1 tsp honey, molasses, agave, or cane sugar - this is for the yeast!

  • 3 tsp sea salt

  • 1 packet of organic live yeast

Instructions:

Step 1:

  • In a sauce pain, heat 3 cups water to between 110 - 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Add 1 tsp of honey/sugar/agave and mix until dissolved.

  • Shut off the heat.

  • Add 3 tsp of yeast spreading it across the top of the water.

  • Add a lid or dish towel to cover the pot.

  • Let sit while you perform step 2 (about 10- 15 minutes).

Step 2:

  • In a stand mixer combine, salt, flour, flax.

  • Mix with paddle until combined.

  • Add olive oil, mix until combined.

Step 3:

  • By now, the water in your pot should have a thick layer on top and small bubbles have formed. The yeast has activated! If this does not happen, then your yeast may not be good and you should get some new yeast!

  • As the mixer is running on slowest speed, slowly pour in water mixture.

  • Bread dough should be sticky when fully mixed.

Step 4:

  • Thinly coat a large glass mixing bowl with olive oil.

  • Move dough mixture to bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a few dish towels to hold in heat.

  • Place in warm area for 2-3 hours (I put it near my radiators in the fall and winter, on the counter top would be fine, too!)

Step 5:

  • After 203 hours, remove plastic wrap and towels. The dough should have gotten larger in size.

  • Lightly press on dough mixture a few times to release air inside dough that the yeast formed.

  • Replace the plastic and towel and let the dough sit for one more hour.

Step 6:

  • By this time it should be ready! Remove dough from the bowl and place on lightly floured surface, like a counter top or cutting board. Use no more than 1/4 cup of flour on the surface.

  • Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky, adding 1-2 tbsp flour as needed.

Step 7:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Divide your dough into two halves.

  • Create rounded or oval shape loaves.

  • Lightly oil bread pan with olive oil and add dough to it. You may use 2 small 4X10 loaf pans or 1 large 10X10 pyrex dish or 10-12 inch round cast iron pot .

  • Cover the bread pan with tinfoil. This traps in moisture during baking. Bake covered for 30mins.

  • Remove tin foil and leave in oven for another 20- 30 minutes until top is golden brown.

  • EAT!!!




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