There are little gestures as nice to a guest than having them waking up with the smell of fresh homemade bread. When friends are coming over, I always try to serve them fresh bread. To be honest it is not much work if you have what you need and if you wake up 40 minutes before they do 🙂 .
However making a good bread requires some patience as I do not know many people how have made their first bread right. This is why I have decided to focus this recipe on what are good tips to make you bread right. I have to say that a couple of appliances do help. If you have any other questions, or other tips do not hesitate to share!
So what do you need to make good homemade bread?
- First of all, you need a good oven.
- Then, a cast iron casserole (not necessary but it does make a difference).
- Finally, a stand mixer with kneading hook, or a food processor with a plastic blade.
A few secrets to keep in mind
- You know your bread dough is good when it sticks to the kneading knot and there is almost no wheat left on the bottom of the bowl of the stand mixer. If there is wheat left, add warm water one table spoon at a time. If you feel your dough is too wet/sticky, add white flour one tablespoon at a time.
- When you prepare your dough after it has risen, do not hesitate to add some flour to it if you feel it is too sticky.
- Surveillance and time are everything (especially if it is one of your first breads). Pay close attention to the time it is in the oven, make sure the temperatures are high, and take a look at your bread every 5 minutes (after the lid is opened of course).
- A bread without the right amount of salt is not very good, so do not hesitate to salt it.
- Let it cool down before slicing it. Otherwise, your slices will look like crumbles, instead of beautiful, tasty ones.
That’s it folks for this homemade bread. If you feel something is unclear, do not hesitate to write. Bon appétit!
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Homemade Bread recipe. A little effort for a rewarding result.
There are little gestures as nice to a guest than having them waking up with the smell of fresh homemade bread. When friends are coming over, I always try to serve them fresh bread. To be honest it is not much work if you have what you need and if you wake up 40 minutes before they do!
Start by putting all the ingredients into the stand mixer and mix them all for 8 minutes with the kneading knot on low speed (or with the plastic blade if you are using a food processor).
Transfer it to a large recipient and let the bread dough rise for 12 hours.
Pre-heat the oven to 250°C/480°F with the cast iron casserole dish in it.
Clean the countertop, put flour on it, and put the bread dough on it. I add a bit more flour on the top of the dough to make the kneading easier (otherwise it might be sticky). Take the borders of the dough and fold them towards the middle of the dough. One part, after another. The top of the dough will look a little bit messy but it is ok (this will be the bottom of the bread later so no problem, you will see later). Do this operation several times until you feel you have a firm dough.
VERY CAREFULLY take the cast iron casserole out of the oven. Put some flour on the bottom of the casserole evenly and place the dough in it. The bottom of the dough should the part where you see the dough folded. The smooth side should be on top.
With a sharp knife, make some diagonal lines on the bread. When the bread will rise, it will be able to open up thanks to this technique.
Close the casserole and let it cook for 20 minutes.
Take the casserole out of the oven and take the lid out of it.
Put some water in the insert pan and put the casserole back in the oven. Let it cook for 15 to 20 minutes more still at 250°C/480°F.
Take you bread out when it looks slightly brown on the upper borders (like the picture here).
Let it cool down for 15 minutes at least before serving. One tip: if you have a few fruits around and you feel their are ripped, make a little jam while you wait for your bread to cool.