As I have mentioned before Here, I have been making all of our bread homemade since the beginning of the year and I am loving it! I love how easy it is to make it and also knowing what is in my bread! Bread is a large part of my food pyramid lol, I have been trying to eat healthier but bread was one thing I was not willing to let go! The recipe I use has been adapted from Make and Take. I have been using King Arthur Flour for this recipe and love it! I have used their cake flour, all purpose and whole wheat flour for this recipe and each time it comes out wonderfully! As I have learned making bread takes time and practice, my first couple of loaves did not turn out as I would have liked but with each batch they would get better. This recipe makes two large loaves, I let mine rise for 5 hours but feel free to let rise for as little as 2 hours.
3 cups warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast
1 teaspoon kosher or other course salt
6 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour such as King Arthur Organic all purpose flour , plus more for dusting
Olive Oil for greasing bowl
In the bowl of Kitchen Aid mixer place all of your ingredients. Using flex edge beater mix until dough pulls off bottom of bowl with no flour on bottom of bowl. While bowl is still raised and dough is still on beater grease all around the bowl with olive oil. Lower bowl and scrape dough off of beater. Grease Cling Wrap with Olive Oil, cover top of bowl with cling wrap making sure there is no air leaking into the bowl. Cover top of bowl with towel and place it in a warm spot. Let rise anywhere between 2-5 hours, I let my bread rise for the full 5 hours. Try not to move bowl from where you first placed it, the more you move it lets air drafts into the bowl. After you have let the bread rise set out two cookie sheets covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle flour on top of dough, using knife cut down the middle of the dough. Flour both hands generously, pull half of bread out of bowl. Pull all of the sides of the bread down onto the bottom to form a large round somewhat flat ball of dough, place unto one of your cookie sheets. Repeat with other half of dough. Cover both loaves with greased cling wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450. After 30 minutes of rising, slice tops of loaves and take cling wrap off. Place large pot of water on bottom rack of oven, this helps crisp the outside of the bread but keep the inside soft. Place bread into oven for 30-35 minutes, you will know the bread is done when you tap on the top of the bread and sounds hollow. Remove from oven and place bread onto cooling racks. Once the bread is cooled you can either slice it or if you are not going to eat both loaves within a couple days you can freeze the loaf. I slice into pieces for easy use and pull out of freezer what I need at that time.