There is something really fantastic about the smell of homemade bread. The aroma spreads throughout the house and fills the air with magic, memories of forgotten times.
When you put your house up for sale, they recommend that you bake before showing the house! Why? Because homemade bread and baking oozes of great life style, extra time, comfort, cozy life, family life and the luxury of having time to make bread, homemade bread!
But making bread is easy – it actually doesn’t take much time – once you get into the bread-making-rhythm.
Making a rhythm is really quite simple. For example, before going to bed, I toss the bread together, and put it in the fridge with a wet cloth on top, overnight. It does its stuff while I’m sleeping.
In the morning I scoop the bread up, or knead it in to bread or rolls,
and pop it in the oven while I have my shower.
4 cups of water
1 table-spoon dry yeast
5 cups of wheat flour
1 cup of dark rye or whole wheat
2 table spoons salt
3 table spoons olive oil
Dissolve the dry yeast in the water, add the olive oil and salt. Mix in flour one cup at a time while stirring and mixing well, till you have the dough. Cover with a wet tea-towel and place in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, add 1/2 cup of flour on to a clean counter top and scoop out one portion of bread – mix the remaining and put it back in the fridge for making another fresh bread tomorrow.
Carefully fold the dough together with your hands (use a bit of flour to keep them from sticking to the dough) and place the bread on baking paper on a baking tray. Leave to raise while the oven is heating or up to a couple of hours.
Bake in a 415 F hot oven for about 20-25 minutes depending upon the size. For rolls bake about 10-12 min.
The more the dough is left to raise the lighter the bread will be.
On busy mornings I scoop the dough as rolls or a bread and bake them as soon as the oven is hot enough.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!