The “5 minute bread” recipe on pinterest has been calling my name.  I love food that is healthy, convenient, and inexpensive.  Really only 5 minutes for your own homemade artisan bread?  Well the title is a little deceiving.  It takes about 10 minutes to prepare, but once the dough is made and in the refrigerator your second loaf will take 5 minutes.  This recipe originates from here.

Ingredients:

3 cups lukewarm water or about 120 degrees (I used 1 cup fresh whey.  Why whey? Soaking helps break down the physic acid and it is easier to digest)

1 1/2 Tablespoons yeast (store your yeast in the fridge to prolong freshness)

1 1/2 Tablespoons sea salt

6 1/2 cups unsifted flour (regular works just fine)

Steps:

1. Put the yeast in a small bowl and add part of the lukewarm water (1/4 cup)

2. Let sit for 10 minutes or until bubbly.

3. I did this recipe by hand, so pour the 6 1/2 cups of flour into a large glass bowl.

4. Add salt and mix with flour.

5. Make a little hole in the middle and add the yeast/ water.

6. Slowly pour in the rest of the water/whey ~ the leftover 2 and 3/4 cups.  I did this about a cup at a time.

7. Use your hands or a wooden spoon to slowly mix together (big circular motions).

8. I am sure you could use a bread mixer/ kitchen aid.  I just didn’t.

9. Dough will be moist. Cover (with a thin cloth)and let rise for 2-5 hours in a warm place (or overnight).  When dough begins to collapse it is finished rising.

10. I was in a hurry this time, but next time I will let it rise longer.

11. Cover and place in refrigerator (the recipe says no oil, but it is so sticky that I put a very small amount of oil to coat it and then moved it to a smaller bowl.  Do not cover tightly, it needs to breathe.  Can last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.  Ready to bake?

Baking: Oven 425 degrees (edited).

1.  I cut off a small amount~ grapefruit size (depending on pan size).

2. Flour pan lightly. (I did put a little oil on the pan)

3. Shape (tuck bottom underneath so the top is smooth), Sprinkle flour on top, slice 3 times w/ a knife.

4. Let rise for 30 minutes.

5. Place bread dough in oven.

6. Pour 2 cups hot water into a broiler pan/ long baking dish and place underneath bread dough.

7. Bake for 30 minutes.  Very GOOD!  There is a slightly crunchy crust, w/ a moist center.  Very similar to Panera Bread.

Great with soups, salads, or sandwiches.  This recipe will make 3-4 loaves.  The next loaf I make will take only about 5 minutes!  My oldest son loves sandwiches, and I feel great about this healthy quick recipe.  Check out my homemade butter recipe here.  I made some fresh butter while we were waiting for the bread to bake.

~Kaley’s Kitchen

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