by, 02-16-2009 at 11:39 PM (1786 Views)
Tonight, I made several mini-loaves of artisan bread. I think it was Crazy Homemaker who listed the link. SO easy and SO good! I made 7 loaves (well, 8, but I didn't hear the oven timer on the 8th one, so it burnt).
The basic recipe is 1.5 T of yeast and 1.5 T of salt in 3 cups of warm water. Add 6.5 cups of flour. Mix, then let rise 2 hours. Shape into loaves and set on plate covered with cornmeal, and let rise 40 minutes. Cut a couple of slits in the dough, then bake in 450F oven for 30 minutes. If you do it the way the recipe calls for, you bake on a pre-heated pizza stone over a baking dish with water in it. (I don't have a pizza stone, so I used an inverted glass baking dish.)
I brushed the dough with egg white, then sprinkled sea salt, rosemary, and thyme on the top before baking. It came out HEAVENLY!!
One small loaf is plenty for two people for one meal, so the remaining six loaves should last me for twelve meals. It should freeze nicely and would also make excellent bread bowls for soup or chili.