Sunday, May 4, 2014

One Simple Bread Recipe. Multiple Possibilities!

Ah this bread. It's so delicious, simple and versatile. 

You can make it with white or wheat flour. You can add in herbs to the dough. You can make a couple Italian loaves. You can make individual flat breads. You can roll the dough flat, spread marinara sauce and cheese over it and then roll it up to make pizza bread. Endless possibilities I tell ya!

Basically this recipe is must have and use often kind of recipe.

Simple Bread Recipe 
I didn't know what else to call it!
(Makes 2 loaves or 8 flatbreads)

  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon salt*
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon sugar*
  • Approximately 3 cups warm water (105-115 degrees)
*Use whatever amount of salt and sugar between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon that you desire. Just make sure the amount of salt and sugar are equal. For example, I usually use 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and sugar.

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a food processor or mixer with the dough hook attachment.
  2. Turn on the appliance and gradually add enough water in a fine stream to make a ball of dough. Make sure to add the water slowly, because you don't want to put too much water in so the dough gets too wet and sticky. Once the dough forms, stop pouring the water, but let the machine continue to run for a minute or so to knead the dough.
  3. Place the dough in a greased bowl or plastic container, cover it loosely with a towel and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  4. For Italian Loaves: After the dough has rested 20 minutes, divide it into two sections. Roll each section into a rectangle and then starting at the long end, roll up the dough into a loaf. Seal the long edge together and pinch together the ends. Place the loaves on greased cookie sheets and cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Let them rest for 1 hour. Bake the loaves at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Turn the loaves and bake 10 minutes more or until golden brown.
  5. For Pizza Bread: Follow the directions for the italian loaves, but spread pizza sauce, cheese and toppings on the rectangles of dough before you up the dough into loaves. Make sure you leave a couple inches of space around the edges so the sauce doesn't ooze out when you roll up the dough. Let the dough rise for one hour under plastic wrap and a towel and bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees, rotating halfway through.
  6. For Flatbread: After the dough has rested 20 minutes, divide the dough into 8 equal section and roll the sections into balls. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out each section to about 1/4 inch thick. Using a greased grill or skillet, cook each piece of flatbread separately for a few minutes on each side. 

Place all of the dry ingredients into a food processor or mixer fitted with the dough attachment.
Pulse a few times to make sure everything is well mixed.

While the machine is running, slowly pour in the warm water in a steady stream.

Pour just enough water until a ball of dough forms.
Once the dough forms stop pouring water into the mixer, but let 
the machine run for a minute to knead the dough.

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let it rest for 20 minutes.

The dough will rise while it's resting.

Divide the dough into sections. The number will depend on whether you making loaves or flatbread.

The remaining pictures show the process for making flatbread:

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