Thereâ€™s something deeply satisfying about making your own bread.
Almost as satisfying as growing your own food, Iâ€™d imagine.
I alternate between baking at home and buying bread â€“ just because there are a few great bakeries around, and I donâ€™t want to miss out.
Iâ€™ve had my bread machine for a while now, itâ€™s served me well; and while I use it quite frequently, Iâ€™m tired of the boring â€œbread-machine loafâ€ it produces.
Lately I let the machine do the mixing and kneading using the â€˜dough cycleâ€™ and I create my own loaves.
And with that I seemed to have renewed my passion for baking bread.
I have a few recipes to try in the next coming weeks.
I found a recipe for ciabatta bread that seemed perfect for my black beans and greens sandwich.
The sandwich recipe, I hope to share one day when it’s perfected.
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 1/4 cups bread flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
- Place ingredients into the pan of the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the Dough cycle, and Start. (Or make by hand)
- Dough will be quite sticky and wet once cycle is completed, resist the temptation to add more flour. Place dough on a lightly floured board, cover with a large bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.
- Lightly flour or use parchment lined baking sheets. Divide into 2 pieces, and form each into a 3×14 inch oval. Place loaves on prepared sheets, dimple surface, and lightly flour. Cover, and let rise in a draft free place for approximately 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Dimple dough for a second time, and then place loaves in the oven, positioned on the middle rack. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. During baking, spritz loaves with water every 5 to 10 minutes for a crispier crust.
Recipe from Allrecipes