16 October, 2018

The Bread Poets Society – Easy Loaf of Bread

The Bread Poets Society – Easy Loaf of Bread
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One of life’s pleasures (well at least I think so) is breathing in the luscious aromas of freshly baked bread. That’s why bakeries are so popular, people want to hang out to surround themselves with the wonderful fresh baked bread smell. Actually, I’m kind of turned off by a bakery if I step inside and there is no freshly baked bread aroma wafting through the air.

I wish we could bottle that aroma! I remember when we were selling our house in California, our realtors encouraged us to either bake cookies or bread before a showing. It must have worked because we sold our house 10 days before Christmas! The family that bought it were local, and well, they did like the school district we were in and how the square footage fit their needs, but I’m convinced the freshly baked bread smell highly contributed to the sale. 

The recipe today comes from a food-related Facebook group I belong to. I’ll only admit to belonging to three food-related Facebook groups, maybe four. Anyway, one of the members published this bread recipe. I would love to give her credit, but I couldn’t find the original post by the time I got around to making the bread. I hate when that happens. I’ve lost many good posts that I want to refer back to, only to realize they have migrated so far down the scroll that they are impossible to find again. Anyone else experience this?

Luckily, I captured the recipe with a screenshot before it disappeared into the Facebook scroll abyss. It was wonderful to fill the house with the freshly-baked bread aroma. When the loaf came out of the oven, it was just the right color and texture, with a crisp outside and tender inside. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to taste it with a slab of butter spread into the crevices of the bread or dipped into pasta sauce which happened to be simmering on the stove at the time. I chose neither for my first bite to let the flavor of the bread emerge and tingle my taste buds. Of course, after the first few bites, I did have to slather butter on a piece and ultimately for dinner dipped a chunk into pasta sauce. 

This bread is worth a few minutes of your time to make it – even if just for the aroma it creates in your kitchen.

And if these pictures don’t have you just salivating and wanting to make this loaf of bread, check out the video of this bread hot out of the oven IMG_9368.

Easy Italian Bread
Makes 1 loaf
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Ingredients
  1. 2 3/4 cup flour
  2. 1 cup warm water
  3. 1 packet of yeast
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon sugar
Instructions
  1. Proof the yeast by mixing yeast into warm water. Let it sit a few minutes. Yeast will activate.
  2. Mix flour, salt and sugar together and add yeast/water mixture.
  3. Knead for about 10 minutes (can be done by machine or manually).
  4. Form into a ball, cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  5. Fold the dough over itself every 35 minutes ( 3 times)
  6. Then form dough into a loaf and let let rise for 1 hour.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 475 degrees until golden brown (about 20-25 minutes).
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Okay, so this post has nothing to do with Robin Williams and the movie “Dead Poets Society,” I just liked morphing the title for this blog. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know that there was nothing easy in the movie, each boy was challenged with some part of life. The good thing here is that making this bread isn’t a challenge, there’s just the time involved to let the bread rise and mature. And you could watch the movie while making the bread. 

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