domesticated | the bread

This post is different from any other you’ve seen on this platform. This is personal.

Today you’ll see a more domesticated side of me. You will not be amazed by a large kitchen decorated by the latest and greatest from West Elm or Pottery Barn, but you will see a real wife in a real kitchen making artisan bread. Yes, I actually bake bread once a week for my family and my closest friends. And this is how my photographer and dear friend is getting paid.
I like to know what I put into my mouth. And since I got married, I put more effort into putting a home cooked meal on the table.

Making bread sounds intimidating, but it actually isn’t. You just have to make sure you don’t screw up the yeast so it can work its magic and the rest is just timing really. I’ve found a super easy, no knead, no fuss artisan bread recipe and the end result is out of this world.
Agh, so magical! I feel so proud every time I see those air bubbles inside of a fresh slice. Perfection! Try it with olive oil for dinner or with butter for breakfast!

Artisan Bread
1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water (about 100 degrees F)
1 packet of fast acting yeast
3/4 tablespoon kosher salt
3 to 3 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

Mix the yeast and water first then add the flour. Mix with a wooden spoon – do not knead, just make sure there are no dry patches in the dough. You should get a wet and loose dough.

Cover the dough with a lid or aluminum foil. Puncture a small hole on top so the gases can escape. Allow the mixture to rise at room temperature until the top starts to flatten, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours. After this I put the dough into the fridge for at least two hours or overnight if I am in no rush. Cooling the dough will make it sooo much easier for you to shape the loaf.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle the surface of your dough in the container with flour. Carefully take the dough out of the container (all of it or as much as you want to bake and the rest can sit in the fridge). Gently stretch the surface of the dough around to the bottom of all sides, rotating the ball as you go. Dust your hands off with flour so the dough doesn’t stick. The top of the dough should be smooth. This step would take no more than 30 seconds. Here’s a video on how to shape the dough. Place the dough on the sheet.

Let the loaf rise for another 30 – 40 minutes uncovered. The dough won’t change much, but it will once it’s in the oven.

Slash the top of the bread dough, so the gases can escape and the bread won’t deform while it’s baking. Bake it for 30 – 35 minutes at 450 degrees F until the bread is deep golden brown. I keep a pan with a little bit of water next to the bread while its baking. The water will create a crunchy crust while the inside will be soft. Yum!

Click here for a fantastic artisan bread recipe with detailed description.

Photos by Rick Robillard, lover of the bread
  • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

    so cool and it looks delicious.

    xo
    PinkSole

  • Whitney

    This looks so good, thanks for sharing! Aim very particular as to what we eat, but haven't tried making bread yet. No kneading sounds easy enough!!
    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  • http://lestylorouge.com/ Ashley White

    Yum, lady! This looks awesome!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Work Chix

    OMG I never made bread before!! I think I must try!!

    Kisses,

    Anna

    http://www.workingchix.com

  • http://www.BlessHerHeartYall.com J Trogstad

    YUM! This looks so so good! I wonder how it would do with gluten-free flours? Thanks for sharing this personal touch dear!

  • Edwige A.

    Great post Bogi! I love seeing this "real wife" in " real kitchen" side of you!:-) The bread looks so yumm and I will try the recipee! I love bread,,,too much :(
    XOXO
    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

  • Kim Henrichs

    That looks amazing! Nothing beats good bread.

  • http://www.justatinabit.com Tina Phan

    Aw I love these types of posts. It's always refreshing to see a blogger in their "real life"! I love bread and I hear there's an art to baking it! This looks soo delicious :)

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  • Nico

    I love to prepare bread at home, great recipe.

    lb-lc fashion blog| bloglovin'

  • http://dailystylefinds.com/ Lisa @ Daily Style Finds

    Too funny – I make the same bread! It is super easy, no fuss, and only 4 ingredients.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

  • http://dailystylefinds.com/ Lisa @ Daily Style Finds

    Oh, and I loved your comment about being "real" – we do not all live in designer homes!

  • http://www.spanishmuse.com Spanish Muse

    This is so inspiring, I might have to try this!

    Silvia
    http://www.spanishmuse.com