Several days ago we made artisan bread. Despite its fancy name, it’s actually really simple to make.
I don’t have any pictures for this one, so I guess you can just imagine that yourself.
First, we started by mixing together the dry ingredients, this would include the 6 1/2 cups of All-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tbsp of Active Dry Yeast, and 1 1/2 Salt. Now that I look at the recipe, you weren’t supposed to do this but…
After this, we threw in the water. We mixed this by hand, then gave up and stole a bread hook from another group. After wrestling the mixer to contain an incorrectly sized bread hook, our dough was fully mixed. The dough was then officially dubbed Larry!
After the floury mess Larry made, we gave him a time out in the cupboard overnight. This was both to let the dough rise, and to let Larry think about what he had done. I wouldn’t recommend doing this, I’ll come back to this later.
The next day we took Larry out to bake. We divided the dough into three sections, leaving us with Larry, Barry, and Farry. We folded parts of the dough inward. Then we place it upside down on parchment paper. We then used a knife to create an opening on top of our bread. We did this by cutting a cross shape.
We were supposed to preheat the oven to 450 earlier, but we did it right now. This resulted in 10 minutes of sitting around waiting for our oven to heat up.
We then out our bread in the oven for 45 minutes, the recipe says to put it in for 30 minutes, but groups ended up with underbaked bread so we put it in for an extra 15 minutes.
After the long wait was over, it was complete! We took out our bread, basking in its glory. It was awesome! The hard crust gave way to a soft interior. However, there was one unexpected occurrence. Since we left the dough overnight, something interesting happened. Number one, out bread, rose like crazy, creating massive air bubbles, but two, our yeast had fermented! Our bread was literally alcoholic! As a parent, realizing that Larry was getting into Alcohol was slightly worrying.
Our group then continued to turn the bread, into grilled cheese sandwiches! However, instead of doing this, I took my loaf home and made garlic bread! We did this by melting two spoonfuls of margarine with some shredded garlic inside. We then warmed this up in the microwave to get this nice garlicky paste. After this, we cut the bread into slices, however, during this process, I cut my pointer finger with the bread knife. After a few sentences of colorful language, I bandaged my finger, cleaned the knife and got back to work. We brushed the bread with the garlic paste. Leaving each slice with a layer of margarine. Now, we then pan-fried all of the slices, leaving, some of them charred, but some of the golden brown. Then they were complete! Served with Spaghetti and meatballs, we ate the garlic bread, lamenting my cut finger, but enjoying the fruits of my labor.