Well, I'm still trying to get over Covid and trust me, it is whipping my butt. All I do is sleep 18 hours a day and then get up to go to bed at 8:00. It's not been fun. I've even tried to write my work in progress, but concentration is at a loss. I find myself, when I'm not sleeping, scrolling through my phone and enjoying pictures from better times.
Like this. That's me on the far right, my mom to the left of me. And then there is Lorelle and Sandy. The men would hang out in my husband's bar and visit while we made crafts in my She Shed. That night we made wooden pumpkins. Before crafts started I made some kind of soup and home made bread. I miss that bread!!! So, I would like to share it with you now.
3.25 cups all purpose flour + more for dusting
1 tsp sea salt
1.5 cups warm water
2 tsp active dry yeast
In a large mixing bowl or your kitchen aid mixer add the flour, salt and yeast. Use a spatula or the paddle attachment and mix to combine well.
Pour in the warm water and keep mixing until everything is incorporated and a soft dough has formed. It will still stick to the bottom of the bowl and that is OK.
Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap loosely and a tea towel. Allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours until doubled in size.
Sprinkle some flour on your kitchen counter and dump the bread dough on it. Flour your hands to help it out of the bowl as it will be sticky. Don't panic, this is normal.
With floured hands fold the dough onto itself forming it into a round ball. Do not knead it, do not handle it anymore than you need to. Use a sharp knife and lightly carve an X in the top of the loaf or just make a few cuts across.
Place the bread dough on top of a lightly floured pizza peel, cardboard or parchment paper and allow it to rest while your oven is heating up.
Preheat your oven to 450”F with a pizza stone inside for about 45 minutes before baking the bread. Fill an oven proof bowl with 2 inches of water and place it on the bottom rack. This will create the steam that will cause the crust to become crispy as it bakes.
Once your oven is hot sprinkle the pizza stone with some semolina flour or corn meal and carefully slide the bread loaf on top. Bake the bread for about 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown all over and cooked through.
Transfer the bread to a cooling rack and allow to cool off completely before slicing into it. You can also let it cool inside the oven with the door slightly open.
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