This week has been misty and cold here in Edmonton, so what better to make than a loaf of bread? Normally, I would have busted out my bread machine to make some perfectly shaped, perfectly baked loaf, but this time I wanted to try something new. Despite all of my baking, I had never jumped into the world of making bread from scratch...and now was the time to do it!
Of course I put aside my numerous cookbooks and turned to my trusty buddy, Pinterest, to help me find the perfect recipe to try. I wanted something relatively simple with not a lot of ingredients. Much to my surprise, I found a recipe that fit both criteria!!
The recipe for this magical bread can be found on the Heart, Hands, Home blog. One of the best things about this dough is that it only uses four ingredients, flour, salt, yeast and water!!!! I had everything on hand already, and when I saw how much flour it used, I ran over to Save-On Foods to grab some more (they had their unbleached flour on special this week...score!!!) Another wonderful thing about the dough is that it keeps for up to 2 weeks in the fridge! I was able to make a small loaf the other night as a trial run, and save the rest of the dough for Thanksgiving!!
Once you get the dough all mixed, there is a separate post on the blog for the actual baking. (Click here) I was so excited that despite all of the unpacked boxes in the basement, I was able to find my pizza stone. After making this bread, I can assure you that it won't end up on a basement shelf like it did at the old house. It has been promoted to the baking cabinet!! I need it handy for when I start craving bread!
The final product came out awesome!! It was great straight out of the oven with some butter, and later in the week, we also used some of it to make grilled cheese sandwiches. I can see using this same recipe for small dinner rolls, bread bowls, baguettes, you name it!! I have a feeling that there will be a batch of dough waiting in the fridge from now on!!