I have dabbled before, but on Friday a friend pointed me towards the fabulous Chickpea studios, and when I saw the gorgeous homebaked bread there, I knew I had to have a go this weekend.
I dug up a recipe Quilting Mick linked to a while ago for no-knead bread.
I don't really know much about if/why its better than regular plain flour, but I picked up some bakers flour at the supermarket anyway.
This recipe uses 1kg of flour, and makes two loaves.
After mixing the flour, yeast (I have a tin which I keep in the freezer) and salt together you tip in nearly a litre of water - it makes a really wet sticky dough.
Once it's all mixed together cover with glad wrap and leave to rise.
The recipe puts it in the fridge overnight, but I just left it on the bench for a couple of hours (about 6 I think)
It bubbled up really nicely, at least doubled in size,
and looked rather monstrous as I tipped it out onto a floured bench.
Shape the dough into a bread-like shape, and shove it into a cold oven set to 220C (I like that not only do you not have to wait for the dough to rise - apart from overnight - but you don't have to preheat the oven either)
It ready if it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom - about 45min
And the true test - how does it hold up to a bit of Vegemite?
This was delish warm, and possibly even better after it had cooled - I usually find my breads are great warm, but ordinary cold so this was a great improvement.
Being that there are only the two of us, two loaves of fresh bread at a time is a bit much, so I just baked half and popped the rest back in the fridge - I'll bring it to room temperature (as per the recipe) and bake some rolls to have with our soup tomorrow night.
Not sure how it will work out, but will let you know =)
I've nearly beaten the squirrels - I'll update on that tomorrow.
Now I'm off to put on my Dutch hat and cheer on the guys in the football =)