Old Fashion Simple Bread Recipe
Many years ago I remember my mother baking some of the best smelling bread that filled the house with the smell of love. Not to many years ago we had bread machines and mixes that filled everyone’s kitchen, today I never find anyone making bread like my mother use to make.
I found this wonderful bread recipe on the internet. When I made my first loaf it brought a tear to my eye remembering my mother in the kitchen making homemade bread.
This recipe is simple and easy to make, most anyone can make this and enjoy fresh natural homemade bread.
5 Simple Ingredients:
- 2 1/2 cups flour (you’ll add more as you knead the bread)
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 tsp yeast
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- extra virgin olive oil
In a large bowl add the flour, salt, and yeast. Mix through.
Add the water and stir into a shaggy dough.
Using your hands, in the bowl, knead the dough; adding a tablespoon of flour more at a time to help you continue to knead. About an extra 3 – 4 tablespoons. Knead for 3-4 minutes. The dough should remain light, and sticky.
Once the dough is holding together well and still feels sticky, tacky, yet firm, add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil to the dough and shape into a tight ball. (The extra virgin olive oil will give flavor and prevent the dough from sticking to your hands.)
Place the dough into a clean, oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, then a cloth towel, and allow to rise for one hour.
Once the dough has doubled, carefully, remove the dough from the bowl onto a floured counter making sure to not compress it. You do not want to release all of its gasses
With floured hands, sprinkle a bit of flour onto the dough and shape it as demonstrated in the video into a tight ball.
Place it on top of parchment paper, on a cookie sheet or cutting board, and score the top with a sharp knife or razor blade. With a brush, oil the top and sprinkle additional flour on top to get that nice rustic look.
Cover with plastic wrap and a towel for an additional 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 500F with a pizza stone inside.
After the 20 minutes transfer the bowl with the parchment paper to the pizza stone in the oven.
Slide from one surface to the other and bake for 10 minutes at 500F.
After the 10 minutes, lower the oven temperature to 350F and bake an additional 25 minutes.
Once done, remove the bread with the parchment paper to a cooling rack.
Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing. If you slice the bread before it’s completely cooled, the inside will not be fully done
Enjoy the taste and the aroma!