Yes that's right.... Bread...

I wouldn't call myself a huge bread fanatic. Really I wouldn't. I love Olive Garden breadsticks, I'll throw down about 2 of those if we go out, but really to say "I LOVE BREAD" would be a lie. I found this recipe on my friend Courtney's blog. She is quite an amazing lady and I'm proud to say she's my friend. Just thought I would toss that in there too.

You should use a bowl that is at least 6 inches tall. I'm not really sure if that's a law or what, I just do what I'm told. Anyways, I just used my kitchen aid bowl, that's my tallest one.

Add 3 cups of flour. I used 2 white and 1 wheat. I used our baby wheat grinder and actually groud the little what grains into flour. Also add 1 teaspoon of yeast, not active dry yeast, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Mix together.

Add 1 1/2 cups of water. Cold water works just fine, doesn't need to be hot. stir with a wooden spoon. Then afterwards scrape the edges of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise for 10-16 hours. I know it's a long range, but if you start this at night, then it rises while you sleep.

I let this puppy rise for 11 hours I think, I normally let it go for 12 or more but the soup was getting close.

Sprinkle your counter with flour to prevent sticking. I gently scrap the sides of the bowl to get the dough out. Form the dough into a nice ball. Like so.

Tuck your dough in for another nice nap. This time another 90 minutes. Make sure you at least read it a bed time story. When it's been sleeping for 60 minutes preheat the oven to 450 and put your dish in the oven to heat. I used our stoneware pyrex bowl. Make sure it's got a lid.
Wakey wakey dough! Time to go in the sauna for a nice steam. Okay it's more of a dry heat.

Flip the dough into the baking dish, which should be mother effing hot. Be careful. You don't need to grease the dish either. Just so you know. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid. Then bake for another 15 without the lid.

As soon as it's done I flip the bread out of the dish and let it cool. Make sure you wait at least 30 minutes before cutting into the thing.

It's oh so bubbly and chewy and delicous. YUMMY OM NOM NOM NOM. Let me know if you try this, want to try it, or just want to lick your monitor after seeing it. Good luck!


Kelsie said...

You only eat two breadsticks from Olive Garden??? Really, I don't know how you can stop at two! I won't tell you how many I put down.

Courtney said...

Aw, shucks. Thanks for honoring me in your post! So glad you love the bread--really, where has it been all our lives?! And, hey, I think you're pretty cool too!

(Way to go--you got me to finally make a comment! ;)

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