Make This – The Easiest Homemade Bread

No-Knead-Bread-Recipe

True story: the other night I was prepping my daughter’s school lunch for the next day, when I realised that I was out of bread. Going to the shops was the last thing I wanted to do… then I remembered that I actually had a batch of bread dough from a recipe that I was testing. This is not an everyday occurrence for me, I don’t normally have bread dough ready-to-bake. Amused, I pulled it out of the fridge and… baked her sandwich bread.

The fact that baking fresh bread was easier than going to the store made this recipe extra special! I wanted to share this with you – it’s made life easier in my kitchen – it may work for you too!

No-knead dough

The whole idea behind the recipe, is that you prepare a large batch of dough in advance, to have ready throughout the rest of the week. It takes 5 minutes of active work – there’s no kneading,  you just mix the basic ingredients in a container, let it rise once and then store it in the fridge. You can then just grab from your batch when you want to bake up a loaf, making the process really quick and easy.

I don’t know what bread makers think of it, but as a busy mom – I’ll tell you that this recipe is a money maker. It’s already proved itself useful more than once!

Since that day, I haven’t stopped playing with it –  I’ve even been stuffing the bread with all kinds of ingredients! You can go sweet or savoury – once you have that starter dough, the options are endless. Here’s a pizza bread I made:

Choose-Your-Fillings

I’ve also tried this same stuffed-bread idea with fruit, sugar and cinnamon, peanut butter and jelly, meatballs and cream cheese (yum!)… basically anything you could imagine sandwiched in-between bread will work! And because you have that dough ready, it makes coming up with snacks and lunches, so easy!

Pizza Bread

Can you tell I’m excited? Give this recipe a go – check out the creators of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes – get a sense of how it works, then play. You’ll be surprised how easy it can be!

Make your own  Starter Dough: follow this recipe – it’s basically flour, water, salt and yeast. You’ll be able to produce about 3 or 4 loaves throughout the week from it. I did 1 part white with 1 part whole wheat. (they have a gluten free variation, whole grains, pizza dough…)

To make my Pizza Bread, check out my pasta sauce recipe here. Then, all you do is pull off a chunk from your batch of ready-made dough, flour a surface and flatten the dough with your fingers. Spread on the toppings and roll it up. Place it on a baking stone, or loaf pan, seam down. Let it rest for about 30 minutes (up to 90 minutes if you’re patient) then into a hot oven at 425f/220c for another 30 minutes.

Your house smells amazing and you’ve got a delicious treat on the table.

the easiest homebaked bread

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