I am by no means an expert at making bread, I’ve only made it about 5 times before in my life, but I’ve been using a recipe as a base from Pete Bakes. He uses a recipe for European Peasant Bread from a book called Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day.
I made a slightly different version of this bread. Last week I bought a bunch of different kinds of flours like oat flour, whole wheat pastry flour and quinoa flour. I had no idea if switching up the flours would make a difference, or it would be a total bust, but it turned out fantastic!
Ingredients: (this makes 4 loaves of bread) (this is for my version of the European Peasant Bread)
3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 TB. instant yeast
1 1/2 TB. salt
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1. Mix the salt and yeast with the lukewarm water in a mixing bowl. Mix in the dry ingredients without kneeding. The dough will be wet. (I actually used my Kitchen-Aid for this, with the dough hook, just for a minute until it was all incorporated).
2. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it rise for two hours. By the time it was done, the dough had risen all the way to the top of the bowl! My son Mark had asked for cinnamon swirl bread, so I took 1/4 of the dough, dusted my counter with flour and rolled it into a rectangle. I mixed 1/4 cup sugar, with a few teaspoons of cinnamon and covered the whole bread with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
3. I rolled it up and baked it on a cookie sheet for about 30 minutes at 375 degrees, or until it has a nice hard crust and if you take the bread off the cookie sheet and tap it on the bottom, the bread sounds hollow.
Let me tell you my house smelled so good, and cutting into it when it was hot, and putting a little butter on top, it tasted like it came from a professional bakery! I couldn’t believe I made it! So, don’t be nervous if you’ve never tried to make bread before, it is really easy!