…if you’re pissed off at life,bake bread.It will get all those feelings out.
Today,I wasn’t pissed off at anybody,or anything….
But,I was almost out of bread!
It made me think of me in the 70’s.
Back then,I went through a kind of hippie/earth-mother phase.Besides wearing granny glasses and Mexican wedding-style dresses all of the time,we(the ex and I) grew all our own vegetables
…organically,I might add.Before it was cool…
and canned and froze everything.
And I baked bread.
All kinds of bread.Rye,white,whole wheat,you name it.
But then reality hit.
It includes 2 children and jobs,health and dental insurance,and a divorce….
I quit quit gardening.I quit baking bread.
But,then I retired!
Not to mention those 2 children are on their own,I no longer wear granny glasses(bifocals,now),or Mexican wedding dresses.
Now,I’m wearing shorts and flip-flops.And my bifocals.
So,today,when I was almost out of bread,I thought,”Why not make your own?You have the stuff,the time.Why not?”
Not in a bread machine.But the old-fashioned,hippie way.
Actually,more of the next generation way.I found an easy,no-knead recipe on the web….
Basic White Bread
Makes 3 loaves:
3 cups lukewarm water
1 1⁄2 tbsp granulated yeast (1 1⁄2 packets)
1 1⁄2 tbsp coarse kosher or sea salt
6 1⁄2 cups unsifted, unbleached, all-purpose white flour
Cornmeal for pizza peel
Preheat oven to 400 f.
Add 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. yeast to bowl. Add 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. salt. Add 3 cups water. Add 6 1⁄2 cups flour.
Stir the mixture until it’s thickened and well combined. Cover bowl with tea towel. Allow to rise for 2 hours.
Once the dough has risen divide it into 3. Form each section into a ball and pull the 4 sides of the dough to the underneath. This is stretching out the gluten and aligning it. It also gives you a nice tight top to the bread.
Leave the dough for its final proof on a very well floured couche,or tea towel for 45 minutes. Cover with couche or gently cover with a light, floured tea towel.
I didn’t use a couche.I did it my mother’s way:A floured,linen tea towel.
Because the AC is running,I set mine outside,in the sun to rise….just like I did in my hippie phase….
The only problem with baking your own bread is:
You eat it!