Well, the sourdough experiments have all gone awry, so to boost my bread-making ego I went back to making regular old dry yeast bread.
This loaf turned out beautiful. I topped it with melted butter, fresh chopped rosemary, crushed garlic and dried tomatoes. The tomatoes turned out to be a bad idea because they just burned, but everything else was perfect.
As I was eating the $4 bread, I thought to myself, "I bet I can make this cheaper."
Sure enough, after a little googling I found a recipe and discovered there were only five ingredients.
I start with dry yeast and warm water in a small container, stir it up till it's creamy and smooth.
|The finished product.|
I tend to bake based on experimentation over recipes. There are lots of great focaccia bread recipes online, some are more complex than others. It's suppose to be a flat bread, my most recent experiment was pretty puffy, but I liked it.
After I mix it all together and get it so it's not too sticky, I make it into a ball, put it in a oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth and let it rise. Should take a half hour to an hour.
Once it's risen place I place it on my baking sheet, cover with olive oil, sea salt and anything else I feel like spicing it up with. Rosemary, garlic, olives, parmesan cheese, you can get as creative as you want.
I cook it for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
It's so easy and people are usually fairly impressed.
I'll keep you posted on how any future sourdough experiments turn out. I think I might try again tomorrow, which means I need to make a sourdough "sponge" tonight. Wish me luck!