Easy Peasant Bread Recipe
2 ½ - 3 Cups of Bread Flour
1 Packet of Active Dry Yeast
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Cup of Hot Water
Non-Stick Cooking Spray
To prepare, place 1 cup of bread flour into large bowl. Add water, salt and yeast. Blend well by hand or mixer. Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time until a rough ball of dough forms.
You may not need all of the flour - or you may need a bit more. Baking is always influenced by the brands of ingredients used, elevation and the weather.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for 15 minutes; dust hands with flour before starting the kneading process and continue to dust if needed. Add flour to the dough if dough becomes sticky.
Place the kneaded dough into a large deep bowl that has been smeared with 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. If you don't have olive oil then any oil should do just fine.
Turn the dough to coat with oil. Cover bowl with kitchen towel and place in a warm spot in room. (Keep cat away from tasty goody.)
Allow dough to double – about 2 hours of waiting time. Play hopscotch with a villager while you wait to burn calories that you'll use when dining on your delicious peasant bread once it's cooked. And we're almost there!
Punch down the dough, shape and place on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. I like to shape my peasant bread into a rugged, rough shape which lends a rustic look to the finished bread.
Again, allow to double in size – about 1 hour of waiting. Place bread in pie plate sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Bake at 400 degrees in preheated oven till golden brown – about 45 minutes of waiting.
Peasant Bread may also be brushed with an egg wash to bring about a shiny top to impress villagers that frequent your quaint abode.
Or, brush with egg wash & top with any of the following during the last five minutes of baking: oats, poppy seeds, sesame seeds or a light feather-dusting of cornmeal.
The egg wash can consist of one beaten egg or one beaten egg white or you can simply use the yolk. All versions of egg wash will render a different look to the bread. I like using the whole egg myself for my peasant bread recipe.
Serve your baked peasant bread with light margarine or no calorie refrigerated butter to save maximum calories. Jam, jelly and fruit preserves also compliment the bread very well. Or slice and enjoy with lean proteins and low fat cheese to create tasty sandwiches.
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