Breakfast is my favourite meal. Waking up quite early every morning, the idea of having a good, tasty breakfast cheers me up a lot and makes me get up quickly from the best bed ever (I have tried many mattresses around the world but they can’t compare to mine). That reminds me how I love to sleep.. my girls always make fun of me ’cause I can sleep for more than 10 hours per night and still be drowsy. I call myself lucky. There’s nothing a good night of sleep can solve or at least relieve.
Lets’ get back to the breakfast joy. My idea of a perfect morning meal consists of bread & jam, greek yougurt and chocolate chip cookies.
Since I try to bake and, generally speaking, cook or make everything at home with natural or basic ingredients, homemade bread is a must.
It may seem difficult to bake fresh bread at home but believe me, it’s not. It’s super easy and it does not take long. Plus it is such a huge satisfaction to be able to create something with your own hands, that tastes good and is healthy (I mean, have you ever checked the ingredients of industrial bread? I don’t know half of them and they sound quite hideous to me).
This bread has less than 5 ingredients:
– flour: 300 gr white 00 + 300 gr whole grain
– salt: 12 grams
– lukewarm water
– a block of compressed fresh yeast: 25 gr (basically, this one)
Just dissolve the fresh yeast in a glass of lukewarm water, mixing with a fork.
In a capacious bowl mix the dry ingredients. Add the water with yeast to the flour mix and start kneading. You will need more water (2/3 glasses altogether). Add it little by little and keep kneading, until you get a ball.
Put a damp towel on the bowl containing the dough and let it rest for 2 hours somewhere warm.
The dough will double in size and get sticky.
At this point I usually split the dough in 3 or 4 smaller ones and let it rest for an addition hour and a half, then bake the rolls at 225°C for 30 minutes.
I have recently learned there is one and one way only to know if your bread is properly cooked: turn it upside down and hit it the very bottom; a muffled sound should be the result. I tried this yesterday, when took it out of the oven and it worked: I tore the bread in pieces and it was perfect! Take a look! 🙂 🙂 You can start from this easy, basic recipe and add walnuts, olive oil, sugar and raisins or whatever you prefer!
Love, love, love baking bread!
The house smells great and I feel at my best when succeeding in baking things the way I want them.