Here is one of my favorite bread recipes, it’s simple to make and though I wouldn’t call it “quick” because it needs an hour and a half to rise, the hands on time of making the bread is really quick. It also doubles and halves really well. So make some for your friends or make half a batch for yourself… Though I’m sure you’d be able to eat a whole loaf, it’s so delicious.
Simple no-knead-no-fuss bread – Adapted from here
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 packet)
2 cups warm water
1/2 tbs salt
4 cups flour + more for your hands and if the dough looks too wet
Fresh or dried herbs – rosemary is a great choice, but I also love chives or thyme. You could also make this a sweet bread with cinnamon sugar + nuts + raisins
In a large bowl whisk together yeast and water. Whisk in one cup of flour + salt. Add in the rest of the flour one cup at a time, switching to a wooden spoon once the dough gets too thick. Add more flour if needed. Here you can mix in fun stuff too like nuts and spices.
Cover your bowl and let rise for 1 hour. Once the dough is done rising, lightly oil the bottom of a 10″ cast iron skillet. Sprinkle flour on top of the dough (do not punch it down like traditional bread recipes) and flour your hands. Pull out the dough, it’ll be sticky, and shape it to fit your skillet. Plop it in the skillet, cover again and let sit for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400°F.
After 30 minutes, lightly oil the top of the dough and put some slashes in it. Add your spices of choice and bake for 30-40 minutes, until bread is cooked through and golden brown on top.
This morning we used the bread to make egg toast, but it works for any sort of bready needs – sandwiches, dipping into soups or cheese dips, toast, French toast if you go the sweet route, chicken pot pie tartines, or just eat it all on its own because it’s that good.