It’s a good life when there’s homemade bread. And red wine, of course. The two are inseparable, in my opinion. That’s my communion.
I bake. But let’s just say it doesn’t come with ease. Still, one day bread cravings got the best of me me and I decided to try my luck at making it from scratch. During my search for a recipe without a bread machine I stumbled upon an easy to follow, funny Food Wishes’ Video for a no-knead ciabatta. Amaaaazing stuff. I tried a number of other recipes, but this is by far the easiest, least labor intensive, quickest, (as far as clean up goes) and delicious bread I have made. The Food Wishes’ Recipe is as follows:
4 cups bread flour
1/4 tsp yeast
2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp salt
You will need 18 + 2 hours, though, to let the dough rise. Still, the process is a piece of cake. Tonight at 8pm I doubled the ingredients (the bread doesn’t last more than a day because it gets devoured!), mixed them and cleaned up in just over five minutes. Tomorrow, at 2pm (18 hours later) I will transfer the dough into baking pans, coated with butter or oil, and let it rise two more hours, under a clean towel. Later, at 4pm (2 hours later) I will preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and bake the bread for 35-45 minutes. After letting it cool, this perfection will be ready to be dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and homemade hummus.
Let me count the reasons I love this bread (thank you, Chef John!):
-homemade from scratch
-easy to make
-quick (10 minutes of prep and clean up, not counting the hours the dough just sits there, making itself ;)
-economical (the jar of yeast will last you… forever, at the rate of using only 1/4 tsp per batch, rather than the 2 1/2 that most recipes call for)
-delicious and oh, so breakable…