I love using Pinterest for keeping track of and finding new recipes to try. This was one of the recipes that caught my interest a couple of weeks back. It promised french style bread in under an hour.
Less than one hour for bread that didn’t use instant yeast? I was willing to give it a go.
How did it turn out? Really good actually. Nicely risen, just a bit of chewiness which I wasn’t expecting given how little you really work the bread dough, it is only kneaded enough to bring it together. I am much more accustomed to kneading dough for several minutes. Also, with the large amount of yeast, I wasn’t sure if the taste of the bread would be affected, and I can say not even a little.
The only issue? I didn’t have bread in under an hour. The yeast does need some time to start to rise, and while the author of the original recipe said she got hers to rise in about 15 minutes, I needed about 40. So, the bread was faster, but not super fast.
And really, I am okay with that, I think bread should need some time to do its thing, and while I didn’t get bread in an hour, bread in under 2 hours is really something. And the bread was perfect with dinner that night ( a lentil soup recipe to come soon). I also found a good use for the leftovers later in the week.
Need a loaf of bread in a shorter amount of time, why not give this a try?
Speedy-ish French Bread
Adapted from Keep Home Simple
2 1/2 Cups Warm Water
2 T. Yeast
2 T. Sugar
1 t. Salt
3 T. Oil
5 1/2 -6 Cups Flour
Add yeast and then sprinkle the sugar over the 2 1/2 cups of water. Let it sit for about five minutes until you see the yeast get all bubbly on top. Stir in the salt, oil, and flour. Lightly knead until well combined and you have a nice cohesive ball of dough.
Cover your bowl with a warm wet towel and let the dough sit in a warm spot, until it starts to rise some. Mine needed about 40 minutes before I was ready to shape.
Next, divide the dough into two long loaves (rolling like a jelly roll and tucking in the ends). Place both loaves side by side on a greased cookie sheet. Then take a knife and slash the tops of each loaf diagonally. Preheat your oven to 400. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.