Thursday, March 4, 2010

Easy Semi-Sour Dough Recipe: Lazy Woman Bread


This is a time saver for those of you who are bread snobs and want your bread fresh out of the oven but don’t have the time or energy to mix, rise, punch, rise, bake, etc. on a daily basis. You will need a 10qt/2.5 gal food safe container to keep your dough in (you can half the recipe and use a smaller container).

Here are the ingredients (mix with dough hook in order listed):

- 6 cups warm water
- 1/2 c oil
- 2 T olive oil
- 1/4 c sugar
- 1/4c yeast
- 1/4 c powdered milk
- 6-8c white flour
- 4-6c fun grains (rye, potato flakes, oatmeal, flaxseed, red wheat, graham, whatever)
- 1 T salt

Mix well, it will be a bit wet looking for a bread dough. Dump into a 10q food safe tub. Let it sit on the counter for an hour or two until it rises nearly to the lid. Then refrigerate. Take dough out as needed to bake – it will keep for over a week. I usually let the bread sit for about twenty min before baking to reactivate the yeast. Also, for a crusty taste, bake it simultaneously with a pot of water in the oven. It is really the lazy woman’s bread!

PS if you want more of the fun grains you can replace white with more graham flour or add a T of gluten… or enjoy eating a flatter loaf.

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