It is a great website with TONS of wonderful information from gardening (they have a planner that I will be investigating soon) to building, to raising animals to making your own "anything" from scratch. The only problem is their website is slow so keep trying and once you get it, print it off. I highly recommend their magazine, books, and website. Anyway, back to the bread making.
This is my "batch" of dough that I keep in the frig. It will make 4-6 loaves depending on size and keeps in the frig for 6 weeks but it never lasts that long. This basic dough can be made into anything! How about some homemade caramel pecan rolls this Sunday? YUMMO! As you can see there's some dough missing....
This is the dough which I just grabbed from my frig container, formed into a ball and put it on a parchment covered cookie sheet sprinkled with some corn meal. They call for a stone and pizza peel but I don't have them and this works just fine. You let it "rise" for 40 minutes.
After the 40 minutes you sprinkle it with some flour and make some "slashes" in it with a serrated knife and then pop it in the oven.
About 20 minutes into the "rise" of the bread I put a water filled pan on my lower oven rack and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. The water keeps the bread moist yet with a crispy crust. I was raised on Italian style breads so doughy, soft breads are not my favorite but this is! The bread bakes for 30 minutes and VOILA! You have homemade bread EASY PEASY!
YOu're supposed to let it cool before slicing but who doesn't want a warm slice fresh from the oven? I wait a little...but not much!
This bread is great toasted, for sandwiches and dipping in olive oil and parmesan cheese. You name it and this bread fits the bill! I live alone so I just make a small loaf but you could make a larger loaf or 2 small ones to fit your needs and your family. This IS the easiest and fastest way to make bread and it's all natural. There's also a recipe for wheat bread made this way and additional recipes on the website. Please try this....you will never again buy store bought or even use your bread maker this is that easy!
Have a great day!