Recipe: Really Good Bread ▲

Tuesday, July 16




Mike made this bread the other day.  It was actually leftover dough from the pizzas he made for dinner, but the bread he made the next day was sooooooo good.  I might have eaten 90% of the loaf and saved him a slice but I will neither confirm nor deny that.

He says it's called "Peasant Bread" but I think that's a terrible name, so I hereby christen it "Really Good Bread."  

This is not exactly a recipe because Mike didn't remember where he got it (oddly enough it did not come from his really big bread recipe book), but this is what's in it: water, Tipo 00 Italian flour, yeast, salt, and some olive oil (brushed on top before baking).  The flour is really important.  I think Mike orders it on the internet. Fancy.


Like I said, the other night Mike made us some pizza for dinner using this fabulous dough.  Pizza night would not be complete without red wine (from California...) and Guiness (from Italy...), so we drank and Mike cooked.  Mike put vegetables on his and I put cheese on mine.  He also made the sauce from scratch.

But this is a post about BREAD glorious BREAD!  If you'd really like the recipe, let me know and I'll pin Mike down and force him to remember it.




5 comments:

  1. I would love the recipe!! I'm searching for a really good bread recipe.

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  2. Mmmm. Carbs! Yes, please do share the recipe!

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  3. love the new blog layout and these photographs are just breathtakingly beautiful! amaaazing love.

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  4. Hi Tamara! I asked Mike and he said this is how to make the dough:

    4 cups "Tipo 00" flour
    1 ½ cups, plus 2 Tbsp water
    2 tsp salt
    1 packet dry active yeast

    Combine Flour and salt with a whisk.

    Heat water to luke warm temperature (100-110 degrees). Remove 1/4 cup of water and add yeast packet until activated. It should take only a minute or two and you will notice the water cloud up really quickly when it activates. You can also add a tea spoon of sugar to the quarter cup of water to help the process. Combine with the remaining water.

    Add water to dry ingredients and begin mixing with a wooden spoon or you hands. Once a dough forms turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly dust the top with more flour. Kneed the dough for about 5-10 minutes adding flour as needed to prevent sticking. (Try not to add too much flour as you want the dough to be at a certain moisture content.) Form your dough ball and return it to the bowl.

    Cover the dough with a towel and place it in a warm area for 1.5- 2 hours or until it doubles in size. Punch the dough down and divide it into 3 equal pieces. Roll it out to make Pizza crust or cut an X on top and bake it in the oven between 425- 450 until golden brown, about 20-30 min. If just making a bread loaf I like to bake it for about 20 minutes at 425 and then put it under the broiler at 450 for 10 min that way it forms a nice crust. Just be sure to keep and eye on it so it doesn't burn.

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  5. Hi Katie! I asked Mike and he said this is how to make the dough:

    4 cups "Tipo 00" flour
    1 ½ cups, plus 2 Tbsp water
    2 tsp salt
    1 packet dry active yeast

    Combine Flour and salt with a whisk.

    Heat water to luke warm temperature (100-110 degrees). Remove 1/4 cup of water and add yeast packet until activated. It should take only a minute or two and you will notice the water cloud up really quickly when it activates. You can also add a tea spoon of sugar to the quarter cup of water to help the process. Combine with the remaining water.

    Add water to dry ingredients and begin mixing with a wooden spoon or you hands. Once a dough forms turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly dust the top with more flour. Kneed the dough for about 5-10 minutes adding flour as needed to prevent sticking. (Try not to add too much flour as you want the dough to be at a certain moisture content.) Form your dough ball and return it to the bowl.

    Cover the dough with a towel and place it in a warm area for 1.5- 2 hours or until it doubles in size. Punch the dough down and divide it into 3 equal pieces. Roll it out to make Pizza crust or cut an X on top and bake it in the oven between 425- 450 until golden brown, about 20-30 min. If just making a bread loaf I like to bake it for about 20 minutes at 425 and then put it under the broiler at 450 for 10 min that way it forms a nice crust. Just be sure to keep and eye on it so it doesn't burn.

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