We kind of like bread over here. Especially with our soup.
Most people do. Crusty, flavorful bread hot out of the oven with a smear of butter or dunked in soup, creamy soup.
If you have never attempted to make your own bread then I urge you to start now! Nothing beats fresh homemade bread being passed around at the dinner table. Everyone loves it and you will feel a sense of accomplishment when everyone is in awe that you could make such delicious bread. Trust me, you will get major points for this!
Sourdough bread however takes some time. Nothing about it is difficult or time intensive though. You see, to achieve its sour flavor you will need something called a sourdough starter. This is basically just flour, water, yeast, and a little sugar. It needs sit at room temperature for 3 to 5 days to develop it’s flavor. After this it needs to be refrigerated. It can then be used to make any sourdough breads your heart desires.
I have been looking for the prefect sourdough bread that, wait for it, is actually sour! There are two important factors to making this bread great! One is to give the dough proper time to develop its sour flavor. I know you might be anxious to eat it, but it will be worth the wait. DO NOT SKIP any of the resting and rising steps.
Two is a dutch oven. Most people have one. Honestly, I bake all my bread inside my dutch oven with the lid on. It traps the heat and mimics that of a stone oven. It creates the most amazing crusty, holey bread! Seriously, if you do not have one you should probably think about investing in one. You will use it ALL the time, not just for bread.
I shaped my bread into boules which can be used as a bowl or as personal loaves for dinner. The dough can also be shaped into two medium size loaves. If you do not need to use all the bread it can be baked and then frozen or you can freeze the dough and then bake when needed. I froze half the dough and am excited to have it in the freezer for when the urge strikes!
I do not think the family will eat soup out of anything else again! Like Panera, but BETTER!
It is Sunday so here is this week menu:
Cincinnati Chili Lasagna
Cranberry Chicken Puffs
Chicken and Broccoli Cobbler
Beef + Fish Tacos
Homemade Taco Shells
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Cheese Fondue with
Grilled Streak and Chicken, Cubed Bread, Veggies
French Onion Soup
Adapted from Annie.
So about that soup…It is soo good. Can’t wait to tell you about it.