I love bread. Oh, I could name hundreds of things I love, but bread would be first on the list, next would be pasta. This presents a problem for me.
Trying to eat healthy everyday is a chore in its own right without day dreaming about hot steamy bread with real butter and home made jam. If I add tomato basil pasta with creamy white sauce, it gets even worse. I could just skip eating this stuff and rub it straight on my waist line. It would save time, cause it will end up there anyway. Then there is the french vanilla creme I put in my coffee every morning. Hum. Maybe I don't eat that healthy after all.
Sitting back and watching my friends eat candy and potato chips gives me a momentary feeling of superiority. I can pass up those things and sit straight in my chair and pretend I am a pillar of virtue .
When I get home, I run straight to the bread drawer, pull out the toaster, make two slices, slather them with butter and strawberry jam and I am happy.
What's the point of all of this? I know you're asking that question about now. Well, it is a bread recipe that makes bread less of a guilt trip.
In my quest to eat healthier, I read more labels. Did you know the average 'healthy' bread has between 36 and 54 ingredients, including corn syrup and 11 or 12 things I can't pronounce and 4 I can't begin to sound out.
So, here goes.
Get yourself some non GMO flour, not bleached. You can even get it at Walmart. There is Wheat Montana and other places have Red Star. There are lots out there.
Take 6 1/2 cups of flour
3 cups of lukewarm water
1 1/2 tablespoons of yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons of course salt.
That's it. Simple,yes?
Okay, put the flour in a bowl (big bowl)
on top put the yeast and salt
on top put the water.
stir. once it is stirred, put some plastic wrap over it and sit it in a warm spot for at least 2 hours, but it can sit 5 or more hours.
preheat your oven to 450 degrees
put some flour on your hands and break the dough into 3 balls. Put it on parchment paper on a cookie sheet (2 cookie sheets)
Let it set 10 minutes.
Put it on the next to the top shelf. Put a pan of water below it, on the next shelf, ( about 3 cups)
bake for 1/2 hour.
Done. Let it set and eat, eat , eat.