This homemade bread recipe is simple and easy to do and it doesn't take that much effort. I've done this recipe a hundred times now and it has never failed me. It takes less than 10 minutes to prep and you can go off and do other things that are important and the dough will be doing its magic while you are away. So, let's jump right into it!
Makes: 1 loaf
Pre-heat oven : 400 degrees
Cook Time: 22-25 minutes
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 tsp of sea salt
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 tsp of active dry yeast
- 1/4 tsp of rapid yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
Bring a pot of water to a low heat. You don't want to boil the water - you just want to get it warm enough, so you can add in your yeast and sugar. Next, after you have your warm water - add the 1 cup of water to the yeast and sugar and stir for about one minute and let it rest for one minute. After, stir again for 30 seconds and pour in your water to the flour and salt. I like using my hands for this. There is something magical and powerful when you come into contact with your food. I don't mean to get all hippie on you, but seriously coming into contact with your food raises the vibration- and for that, I like to think good thoughts and send love from my heart into my hands.
Story time! I'll make this quick - When I was living in Los Angeles a couple years ago - I was baking chocolate chip cookies (vegan, gluten free, paleo) and most people would write to me and share there stories about the way my cookies tasted. They would say my cookies were filled with "LOVE" - and for that, my number one ingredient is LOVE.
Back to the bread - stir the water with your hands in the flour mixture - you might need two hands for this. If you need more water, add about a tablespoon of the warm water. really getting into it, mix the water and flour until the flour absorbs all the water and you are left with a beautiful dough. Knead the dough for a few minutes while sprinkling a bit of flour on the dough - keep kneading, don't stop, but it's not a race, so take your time. After a few minutes, roll the dough into a ball - flour the bottom of a bowl, place the ball of dough in the bowl, sprinkle a bit more flour over the tops and sides of the ball of dough and cover with a cloth and cover with another object that will hold in the moisture - I flip the cover of a pot over and use that as my cover. Place the bowl to the side or what I do is place it inside the oven, so you really hold in the warmth and moisture.
Now, you typically want to wait an hour, at the least, otherwise give it 24 hours. I like experimenting and seeing my dough at different hours. The bread you'll see in this blog post was baked after a 3 hour proof. Good luck with your bread and don't forget to share, comment, post your bread creation using the recipe I've shared with you today with my Instagram handle - @eatingwithmax and #eatingwithmax