a friend of mine gave me this incredible bread recipe two years ago, and i only started using it a few months ago. it's amazing.
i wanted to share this recipe because i believe bread needn't be so expensive to buy, nor so time consuming to make (despite the fact that it is a lovely process).
this bread needs no kneading, no nothing pretty much, just prepare the dough in the evening (it literally takes about 3 minutes) and bake it in the morning, and... it looks like that when it comes out of the oven!
3 cups of flour (i try different types, it works best with white flour but most of the time i use the 4 grain flour, or wholemeal, or a mixture of different flours)
4 or 5 gms of yeasts
1 tsp of salt
1.5 cups of water
misc: i also add seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, etc)
all you need to do at night is:
mix all the ingredients together
cover with a damp cloth
leave to rest overnight
then when you are ready to cook it the day after:
preheat oven to 250 degrees celsius
then place a heavy casserole dish (le creuset type) with lid in the oven for 10 minutes
after 10min, put some flour in the bottom of the dish and place the dough gently in the centre
replace lid and put in oven for between 20 and 30 minutes (depending on your oven) at 220 degress (although you can leave it at 250 but check for cooking progress)
remove lid and cook for a further 10 minutes
and that's it.
and it tastes fabulous.
if you decide to try it, i hope you'll like the result. it has become a daily thing in our family, and everyone loves it. do let me know what you think of it if you try it.