Yesterday, quietly watching as the skies darkened, I knew we were in for some rain and decided to make bread. It's "comforting" to make bread; the kneading and shaping gives me great satisfaction. I made a recipe by King Arthur Flour for Crusty Bread made in a Cloche. However, you could also use a cast iron Dutch Oven to achieve this.
Bread is one of the most basic of baked goods. You simply need, flour, yeast, salt and water; a very inexpensive way to create something to eat...and oh, so satisfying. The girls and I made Kentish Hufkins, among other goodies...
|A Tea Party after making my Mom's favorite Chocolate Cake recipe!|
Maddie also started a quilt and both girls had fun making 3-dimensional flowers for cards for their mom's upcoming birthday in August.
And ice cream on Mimi's swing to watch the Hummingbirds, butterflies, and Gold Finches comes to my garden!
3 1/2 cups (14 3/4 oz) King Arthur All-Purpose flour
1 1/4 cups (10 oz) lukewarm water
2 tsp. SAF Red Instant Yeast
1 1/4 tsp. Salt
2 T Olive Oil
Place all dry ingredients in a stand mixer and use the dough hook to mix. Slowly add the warm water and olive oil and mix until a smooth, slightly sticky dough.
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise 1 to 1 1/2 hours until almost doubled.
I placed it on my screened-in porch, with the temperatures in the 90's, it doesn't take long to rise!
Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured bread board, gently deflate the dough and shape it into a ball. Place the dough on the bottom of the Cloche and cover with the lid. Allow the dough to rise for 30 to 45 minutes, until almost doubled in size.
Uncover the loaf and slashed several times. Put the lid back on and place into a cold oven. Set the oven temperature to 400F-degrees and bake the bread for 35 minutes.
Remove the lid of the lid of the Cloche and return the bread to the oven and bake until golden brown, about 5 to 10 minutes. Mine took the full 10 minutes.
Take the bread out of the oven and transfer to a rack to cool. I was imagining I was in Paris at a little cafe enjoying some cheese and bread...maybe a glass of wine. Enjoy!