So I did it!! My first time breaking yeast bread and I’m so excited. I’ve always wondered if all-purpose flour can be used instead of bread flour and finally found this great and simple recipe from The Culinary Chronicles. I made some adjustment as follows:
5 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons Dry Yeast
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoons Herbes de Provence (optional)
1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
Sea Salt (optional)
2 Cups Hot Water (120-130 degrees F.)
A pan of hot water
Mix 3 cups of the flour with the yeast, sugar, herbs and salt. Pour in the hot water and beat 100 strokes (or 3 minutes with a mixer).
Stir in the remaining flour until the dough loses its stickiness. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead for 8 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a warm damp cloth. Let rise for 15 minutes in a warm spot (away from drafts).
Punch down and divide the dough into two pieces. Shape into round loaves and place on a greased baking sheet. Cut an “X” one-half inch deep in each of the loaves with a wet sharp knife. Sprinkle the tops with sea salt.
Place baking sheet with loaves in the middle of a COLD oven. Place a pan of hot water on the lowest shelf. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F and bake 40-50 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely before wrapping and/or storage.
Since this is my first time, it’s hard to determine if the bread is done. And I found great advice on how to check if the bread’s doneness at theKitchn. I just tapped the bottom of the bread and check for hollow sound.
Once the bread is out of the oven, I couldn’t wait and had to have a bite. It tastes wonderful. I’m so proud of myself 🙂