Kneading bread has always been therapy for me. There is something so therapeutic about kneading bread over and over and forming a supple smooth mound; like a babies butt. It’s enjoyable and relaxing. But time ticks away, and every now and again, I’m in a pinch for not enough time. This recipe is great for preparing, leaving alone, and coming back to when you’re ready. Not only is it easy, it’s incredibly delicious. I hope you find this recipe as easy as I do, and as enjoyable.
3 cups organic unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 1/2 cups filtered warm water
1/4 cup organic corn meal
1/8 cup olive oil
additional pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup blend of sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds (optional)
parchment paper, dutch oven
DOUGH DIRECTIONS: In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and sea salt. Whisk. In a separate bowl, combine the warm water and yeast. Whisk. Combine the wet to the dry and fold in using a rubber spatula. Roughly mix it all together. The mound does not need to be smooth. It will look jagged and pointy. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm location for 8-12 hours. When you see the mound after the time is over, it will be bulbous and smoothed out. This is due to the yeast working its wonder and the time allowed to ferment (fermentation process allows for easier digestion of bread/ much like sourdough) After this process, line a dutch oven with a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle with 1/8 cup cornmeal. Roll the dough into the dutch oven and cover for one additional hour in a warm location.
BAKING DIRECTIONS: Lower all racks in oven to the lowest possible allowed. Preheat oven to 425. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/8 cup cornmeal, optional seeds, and sprinkle of sea salt. Bake for 35 minutes on lower rack with lid on. When the 35 minutes is over, bake with lid off at 425 for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before cutting.
*** I have allowed much longer rising time. I’ve prepared the dough at 2 pm and not allowed the 1 hour additional rising time until 9 am the next morning. It just gets the dough to have more of a sour taste; which I prefer (much like a sourdough)