Our favorite bread

One of our favorite staples here is crusty bread.  The problem is that you have to go to the store every other day or so to keep fresh bread on hand and I detest going to the grocery.  So to solve that problem I decided to make our own crusty bread.

This is our basic, simple go to recipe that yields two decent sized loafs that are crusty on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.  The loaf is perfect for sandwiches or just to tear big yummy hulks off.  To dress this loaf up you can add a bit of dried rosemary or roasted garlic to the dough.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup warm water

2.5 cups flour

1TB sugar

1t salt

1.5 t yeast

1-2T of cornmeal or polenta

Pour the water and sugar into a mixing bowl.  I like to use my KitchenAid mixer for making bread.  Then sprinkle the yeast on top.  Allow the yeast to proof for 10 minutes or so.

Once the yeast has proofed add the flour and salt.  Turn you mixer on low until everything is well combined and then turn up the mixer about half way and mix until dough is smooth and elastic.

Here’s what your dough will look like after mixing.  Pop it into a bowl and cover to proof in a warm place for an hour or until it doubles in size.

Once it’s proofed punch it down and then knead it for a bit.

If you want to use corn meal or polenta on the pan so the bread doesn’t stick sprinkle it on.  If not just lightly grease the pan.  Now cut the dough in half and fashion your two lumps of dough into loafs.  Cover and allow to proof for about 45 minutes.

Once proofed you can make little slashes on the top of you bread.  Then pop in the oven at 375 for 20- 25 minutes.  To get a crustier crust you can spray the walls of the oven with water 2-3 times while the bread is baking.  Or you can do what I do and just splash some water on the sides of the oven with a cup because I never can find my spray bottle.  I think a 2 year old might have something to do with that.

Allow your bread to cool for at least 10-15 minutes or as long as you can wait.  Enjoy!  It’s really great with just a bit of butter and slice of fresh tomato, thankfully tomato season is just around the corner.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted July 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    YUMMMMM I love to make bread, think this is on the agenda for this weekend, thanks for posting this recipe!

  2. Posted July 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    This looks fabulous. Will definitely try it soon! Thanks!

  3. Posted July 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Yum! I have been making sourdough bread every week!

  4. babish
    Posted July 3, 2010 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    MMMmmmm! Bread!! especially homemade bread!

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