So, I was going to call this post "The Easiest Bread Ever," but since I just learned about it within the last month I figure there might still be an even easier recipe out there that I have yet to discover. (If you have it please send it my way.) Also, maybe there is one out there that isn't written out like a novel (seriously, nine pages?!) I assure you that though it is wordy in all reality it is quite simple. Or maybe, like usual, we didn't follow the rules (I know we didn't) so we made it easier to suit our liking. Please feel free to follow Mother Earth News' recipe to the letter, but that is not really our style.
|Veggie soup with bread is an unbeatable rainy day lunch in my opinion.|
Here is the very best part: This is no-knead-keep-the-dough-in-the-fridge-so-it-is-ready-to-go bread. You can let it raise the first time and then put it, covered, in the fridge (for up to two weeks) until you are ready for it. Then just take out a chunk and let it go through the second raising before you bake it. The longer it sits in the fridge the more sourdough like the bread becomes though I confess I have always just used up all the dough within a week. What can I say, I am a bread-a-holic. This recipe is so super, duper easy. Why didn't I discover this years ago?!?! Why have we been mixing, kneading, waiting, and baking every weekend to enjoy bread all week?!
I have seriously, SERIOUSLY, enjoyed having a fresh loaf of bread within a half hour without any more work than:
take bowl out of fridge.
Cut off chunk of dough.
Form into loaf or ball shape.
Bake 30 minutes.