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make chewy crusty artisan BREAD with 5 minutes of your time! seriously! and cheap!

 
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Bumping this thread for those who may not have seen it yet.

I baked a loaf today and I'm making a couple more tonoight for neighbors.

Not only does this bread taste great but it doesn't have all the additives/preservatives that store bought bread has.

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Until I get my dutch oven.

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i am putting this up here again because my membership runs out today so i am using my karma points to pin some positive stuff.

make bread!
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I'm glad to see this topic still around. It's a good bread recipe. Everyone should take a risk, especially people who don't think they can cook, and try it.

There are few great inexpensive ways to make people happy. Be altruistic and bake someone a loaf. Give them a gift even though it's not a holiday or their birthday. Kindness is infectious.

Accolades to the OP for starting it.
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I've been baking bread since first reading this thread and I've gotten to the point now where my bread taste better than anything I can buy at the supermarket or even at a bakery.

It didn't happen with the first 4 or 5 batches and it took some refining and research but I'm very pleased with myself and the fact that I can make an awesome tasting loaf of bread that only takes minutes to prepare.

Having the ability to make your own bread will be a great way to feed your family and yourself in times of trouble. Most can't conceive of such a time so they do nothing to prepare. When tshtf it will be far too late and you will be left with nothing but regrets.

Another advantage to knowing how to bake a good loaf of bread is that you will have something that other people will want and need. Bread could be bartered for all sorts of things and done very cheaply if you stock up on flour now while it's dirt cheap.

All purpose Flour (one I use & recommend) will last up to 18 months if stored in a sealed container and kept below 70* F. Otherwise, after 12 months it's going to start smelling a bit off and may become a Host to some tiny creepy-crawlies. If you have an unheated garage/shed, balcony Etc. where you can store the sealed buckets outside and you live in a climate that goes below freezing during the winter, you can extend the longevity of your flour even more by keeping it outside.

Here's my own recipe and one that is still evolving but works very well:

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface


1/4 teaspoon instant yeast


1 1/4 - 2 teaspoons salt - Depending on your own taste buds. I use sea salt.

1 1/2 teaspoons of honey - Trust me, your bread will taste better with honey added. ;-)

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, salt & honey. Add 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. You may add a little water but be careful or your dough will become soupy and you don't want that. You're basically trying to get all the flour to stick together into one lump. It's going to take some practice but you'll learn as you go along. The trick is to not take a whole lot of time doing this... Remember: this is the "quick-knead method" of bread making. Let dough rest at least 18 hours, but preferably up to 24, in a room about 72 degrees in temperature. Be sure to cover the bowl with something... I just put mine in a plastic shopping bag and it works fine. KISS


After 18 - 24 hours, lightly flour a work surface . Place dough on work surface and sprinkle with a little more flour. Fold the dough over on itself a couple of times. Plop it back into bowl and loosely cover with plastic and let rest for another 2 hours - Dough should double in size during this time.


After about 1 1/4 hours, preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place a large & heavy covered pot, such as cast-iron or Pyrex, in oven to heat. After 45 minutes, carefully remove pot from oven. Remove lid from pot and dump your dough from your bowl into the hot pot. Shake pan once or twice if dough looks unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Be careful not to burn yourself! Put the cover back on and place back into oven. Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking until browned, another 15 to 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Eat!
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I've been baking bread since first reading this thread and I've gotten to the point now where my bread taste better than anything I can buy at the supermarket or even at a bakery.

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Way to go!

Here's a little tip: All flour has weevil eggs in it. Freeze the flour for four days then store as usual. This will kill most of the eggs.

[link to www.wikihow.com]
By vaccum sealing the flour, you can vastly extend it's preservation, and by using oxygen absorbers you can also do this. Most likely you'll eat it first.
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I've been baking bread since first reading this thread and I've gotten to the point now where my bread taste better than anything I can buy at the supermarket or even at a bakery.

 Quoting: tcs 25663025


Way to go!

Here's a little tip: All flour has weevil eggs in it. Freeze the flour for four days then store as usual. This will kill most of the eggs.

[link to www.wikihow.com]
By vaccum sealing the flour, you can vastly extend it's preservation, and by using oxygen absorbers you can also do this. Most likely you'll eat it first.
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I live in northern Ont and our winters are nippie to say the least and I plan on keeping my flour outside this winter but that is a great tip!

hf
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I've been baking bread since first reading this thread and I've gotten to the point now where my bread taste better than anything I can buy at the supermarket or even at a bakery.

 Quoting: tcs 25663025


Way to go!

Here's a little tip: All flour has weevil eggs in it. Freeze the flour for four days then store as usual. This will kill most of the eggs.

[link to www.wikihow.com]
By vaccum sealing the flour, you can vastly extend it's preservation, and by using oxygen absorbers you can also do this. Most likely you'll eat it first.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1110734


Didn't know this......guess my flour I've had in the cupboard is no good then these days, been there a while........how long will it stay good after freezing?
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Thanks OP. Saved and will do.
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Funny I was only thinking of this the other day and couldn't remember where I saw it. Thanks for bumping this one again :)
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Been doing this since the article ran in Mother Earth News.

From one batch I usually get 2 medium large pizzas and 2 smallish sized loafs of bread.
Lots of fun to get creative. I make a big batch of cinnamon raisin things fairly often too.

Worth the investment in a Super Peel and baking stones.
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have made that no kneed before. not that fond of it. this plain white bread is much better. it's the only kind we eat. you can sub some of the ap flour for whole wheat flour to make wheat bread as well.

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I got into bread making a awhile ago, but because of my illness I couldn't eat most breads as they use yeasts that feed off sugar. I found an alternative to the commercial yeasts that most breads use.

It's a sour dough starter, which uses wild yeasts and bacteria from the air to rise the dough, so no sugar needed. I also found out until about 60 years ago all bread was made using a sour dough starter.

Here's a walk through it takes about 6 days to culture and be sure to at least start off using non-bleached flours, after it's started it will not matter.

[link to www.kingarthurflour.com]

Brief over view;
1 cup flour 1/2 cup water stir and cover, let sit 24 hours.
Remove half, then repeat the process for day 3.
Day 4, you start repeating the process of removing 1/2 and adding 1 cup of flour and a 1/2 cup water twice a day for the next two days. How to tell it's finished after 5+ days it should double in size in under 12 hours. Once it's finished you can feed it one last time and stick in the fridge for weeks if not a month or longer before having to feed again.


Here's a nice walk through on making bread using the sourdough starter. Probably the best bread I've made yet, as you can control how sour or sweet the bread is depending on how much starter you use. The rise on the bread is pretty amazing as well.

[link to www.youtube.com]
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I got into bread making a awhile ago, but because of my illness I couldn't eat most breads as they use yeasts that feed off sugar. I found an alternative to the commercial yeasts that most breads use.

It's a sour dough starter, which uses wild yeasts and bacteria from the air to rise the dough, so no sugar needed. I also found out until about 60 years ago all bread was made using a sour dough starter.

Here's a walk through it takes about 6 days to culture and be sure to at least start off using non-bleached flours, after it's started it will not matter.

[link to www.kingarthurflour.com]

Brief over view;
1 cup flour 1/2 cup water stir and cover, let sit 24 hours.
Remove half, then repeat the process for day 3.
Day 4, you start repeating the process of removing 1/2 and adding 1 cup of flour and a 1/2 cup water twice a day for the next two days. How to tell it's finished after 5+ days it should double in size in under 12 hours. Once it's finished you can feed it one last time and stick in the fridge for weeks if not a month or longer before having to feed again.


Here's a nice walk through on making bread using the sourdough starter. Probably the best bread I've made yet, as you can control how sour or sweet the bread is depending on how much starter you use. The rise on the bread is pretty amazing as well.

[link to www.youtube.com]
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Meh forgot to link the tube

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No bread... It's not Charles Barkley friendly
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Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you so much for that!

Looks yummy.
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Making bread is such an art, i'm trying this looks dead easy, he knows that oven though I must say!
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I am so glad to see this pinned from the past! I found this on GLP over a year ago. I make this bread all the time & shared it with family & friends.

I make quite a few loaves for Christmas gifts. Everyone loves getting a fresh loaf of bread,bottle of wine, home made fudge & what ever other goodies I throw in.

This bread is Grrreat!
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wtf...."wait 24 hours"???...I wanted that shit NOW!
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take 4 minutes of your time and go start a batch now!
this time tomorrow it'll be in your mouth!
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Thanks again!
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Thank you It looks similar to bread I eat in Russia...
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Very cool thanks OP

I have not made bread in a long time I will try this one soon
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Here's a couple links to make it a little easier for people starting out.

[link to www.motherearthnews.com]




I REALLY love this thing for moving all the sticky stuff around.
If you ever tried to move a gooey pizza or calzone from your counter to the preheatd baking stone you'll see how this thing can work miracles.

Worth every cent. Honest.

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1st off, this started on NY times a few years back.
a completely new way to make bread with NO KNEADING.
if you love those round crusty french bread types of artisian breads, hot out of the oven and you have no time.
THIS is a recipe for you!

here is the recipe from the nyt:
[link to www.nytimes.com]

above is a video on how to make it.

i have experimented with very many versions of this bread and it's practically impossible to screw it up and i have even simplified it from the nyt one.

all you will need is a dutch oven (like a big 4 quart metal pot you make stew in)

get a bowl. throw in 3 cups of flour
1 3/4ths cup of warm water
1/4 tsp yeast
1 1/4ths tsp salt

mix that all up with your hands. do it fast you don't need to be perfect about it.
cover the bowl with saran wrap!
that's it then.

let it sit somewhere warmish for around 24 hours. it really doesn't matter too much if it's 18 hours or 23 hours. just somewhere in there. i like to do 24 because it's easy to remember.

the next day, preheat your oven to 450 F. with the pot IN the oven heating with it. this is an important step because when you pour your dough into the pot then it kind of seals it immediately and stops it from sticking.

you will need then something else to stop the bread from sticking to the pan. so throw in at the bottom of the pan in a good covered layer some corn meal, or oatmeal, or muesli, or any course type grain you want on your bread. sesame seeds, poppy seeds whatever.

take the HOT pot out of the oven and with a spatula just get the dough from the bowl (that's been sitting around for a day bubbling with yeasty tasty goodness) in there fast. don't make a big ordeal about it. don't worry if it's shaped funny, it will all even out when it cooks.

bake it with the lid on for 45 minutes
then take lid off and bake another 10 or 15.

that's it. it's should pop straight out of your pot onto the counter to cool!

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i have made variations of this recipe where i added cocoa powder and sugar (it's not like a chocolate muffin but more like a biscotti)

i have made a variation where i added raisins, cinnamon and molasses

i have made one where i have throwin in almonds and sesame seeds and dried ruit like figs or dates.
or sometimes just mixed nuts.

i have substituted flour with cream of wheat!
i have done it with a sourdough starter.

you can do 1/2 wheat and half corn flour
or 1/2 wheat and some rye.
anything goes!

just mix it up, let it sit, and bake.
voila.

it's the best thing ever for when you're bugging out to bake some fresh bread. very grounding, comforting, simple, CHEAP, and delicious.

i imagine you could also make this on a campfire or brick oven if if TSHTF.

this recipe makes me so happy, and i hope it will make you happy too!

if you find a new variation on how to make it let me know!

now go do it. right now! :)
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OP May I have your permission to re-post this?
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This bread is awesome. I was just thinking about making some the other day.
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