Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Dec 10, 2011 02:37 PM

Need a bread recipe

So it's Saturday night, I'm a 21 year old guy and I'm home alone and bored. So what should I do? Making bread sounds good lol. So I'm new to bread making and other than pizza dough and this recipe
I've never done any breads before. I'd like to do something more crusty and artisan like but I don't feel like going to the grocery store for anything special. I have all purpose flower (pillsbury), a jar of yeast and other general kitchen necessities. So shoot me some recipes before I die of boredom :)

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Try a sandwich bread, like this one:

    You want a recipe w/ butter, eggs or sugar for flavor since I assume you want to bake today. If you only use flour, water, yeast, salt, you'd start tonight, let the starter rest overnight, mix more tomorrow, let it rest, then shape and bake. So you wouldn't be doing anything until tomorrow. But, with a lot of time on your hands, bread baking doesn't take much hands on time, other than kneading for about 10-15 minutes. The rest is wait time, other than some shaping. Maybe you could try pasta. That would be more time consuming.

    1. A no knead bread - I have made the whole grain and like it.
      Maybe this might interest you - not enough work for the evening and you have to wait overnight but...

      1. Both focaccia bread and baguette's are artisan breads that don't require a lot of ingredients, just time to prepare.


        If you have time or ingredients, you can also jazz it up by adding some extras to the dough
        1/2 cup onion or dried tomato or olives
        2 tsp Italian seasoning
        clove of garlic crushed
        1 tbsp fresh herbs (basil, oregano
        )grated parmesan

        1. If you plan on continuing bread baking, I suggest that you acquire "The Bread Baker's Apprentice" by Peter Reinhart. Go to your nearest bookstore and leaf thru this comprehensive book.

          1. I swear by this one. Instead of cornmeal, I use parchment.

            Rustic White Bread
            2 cups warm tap water, about 110 degrees
            2 1/2 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
            5 1/4 to 5 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
            4 teaspoons salt

            1/3 cup flour for dusting the loaves
            Cornmeal for the pans
            2 small cookie sheets or a large (at least 11×17-inch) jelly roll pan

            1. To make the dough, in a 3-quart mixing bowl place water and sprinkle yeast on surface, allowing it to stand for two minutes before whisking. Add the smaller amount of flour and salt stiffing with a rubber spatula until it forms a ball. Knead the dough by hand for 8 to 10 minutes until the dough is smooth, adding more flour if dough is too soft.
            2. To mix the dough in the food processor, place the smaller amount of flour and salt in work bowl fitted with metal blade, adding water and yeast. Pulse repeatedly until dough forms a ball (if dough will not form a ball, add remaining flour a tablespoon at a time, and pulse until ball forms. Let dough rest 5 minutes, then let machine run continuously for 20 seconds.
            3. To mix dough in a heavy-duty mixer, place smaller amount of flour and salt in bowl of mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add water and yeast and mix on low speed to form a smooth, elastic and slightly sticky dough, about 5 minutes. Incorporate the remaining flour a tablespoon at time if the dough is too soft.
            4. Place dough in an oiled bowl (you may need to use a scraper) and turn dough over so top is oiled. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise at room temperature until doubled. If you wish to interrupt the process, let the dough begin to rise, then punch it down, cover it tightly and refrigerate. When you are ready to proceed, bring back to room temperature until it begins rising again.
            5. To shape loaves, scrape risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and press it to deflate it. Divide dough in half and shape one piece at a time. Press dough into a square, then roll it up tightly. Rotate cylinder of dough 90 degrees and roll up again from short end. Arrange dough seam side down, cover with plastic or a towel and let it rest of 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining piece of dough.
            6. Dust pan with cornmeal. Roll each piece of dough under palms of your hands to elongate it. Work from middle of loaf outward, pointing the ends slightly. Place loaves seam side down on cookie sheets and dust each loaf heavily with flour, using about 1/3 cup in all. Cover with plastic or a towel and allow to rise until doubled.
            7. About 30 minutes before you intend to bake the loaves, preheat oven to 500 degrees and set racks at the middle and lowest levels. Set a pan on the lowest rack to absorb some of the excess bottom heat and keep the bottom of the loaves from burning.
            8. Holding a razor blade or the point of a very sharp knife at a 30-degree angle to the top of each loaf, make 3 to 4 diagonal slashes in each loaf. Immediately place loaves in oven and lower temperature 450 degrees.
            9. After loaves have baked for 20 minutes and are completely risen, lower temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking about 20 to 30 minutes longer, until bread reaches an internal temperature of about 220 degrees. Remove loaves from oven and cool on a rack.