so growing up, my mom regularly made homemade bread. it was seriously the best thing ever, especially when it was warm out of the oven with some butter and jam. i truly think my love of carbs came from my love of her bread. i think the only downside of making your own homemade bread is that it’s so much better than any other bread you buy, that you (well, me) often end up eating twice as much as you normally would (or even the entire loaf?!) because the taste is so fresh.
my mom uses a ceramic “cloche” (or “bell” in french) which can help replicate baking bread in a brick oven, and we used it to make her recipe below. we haven’t made this recipe without the stone, so if you don’t have one, i imagine the baking time and temperature will vary. but if you’re interested, you can read more about the stone HERE.
we haven’t made bread in a long time, and in our attempts to eat better and cook more together, josh busted out the cloche last week and made some yummy bread. i think the only thing it really requires is planning, since you need to let is rest for at least 12 hours (my mom often lets hers rest for up to 24 hours, depending.) but it doesn’t call for much prep time at all, and only a few ingredients, it’s worth figuring out schedule wise to make it!!! we’ve decided we have to make it more regularly over here!!
my mom’s homemade bread:
6 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
(hand mix together)
slowly add 3 cups cold water and mix with a danish dough whisk
cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 12-24 hours in cool place or fridge
after it’s resting period, cut the dough in half on a floured surface
knead the dough then place each half in its own well-oiled bowl
let it rest once more for about 1 hour
while the dough rests, put the stoneware cloche in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees
place the dough in the center of the hot cloche
bake 20 to 25 minutes covered then an additional 10 minutes without the cover
so i don’t know if this danish dough whisk is all that necessary, but my mom swears by it and she got us one a few years ago and now i kind of feel like it’s essential. you can probably just use a regular whisk, but isn’t it funny how those sorts of ideas get passed down?! for example, when my dad makes homemade popcorn and is pouring the melted butter onto the popped kernels, he always shakes a fork underneath the melted butter he’s pouring to help the butter fall evenly around the popcorn. when josh and i first got married, and he saw me do that for the first time, he was like, “WHAT are you doing?!” but i have to do it that way every time i make popcorn, because i feel like it’s the best way! and, BEST PART of this story, i totally caught josh doing the whole fork thing with the melted butter last month when he was making us popcorn. we laughed so hard! i love how all families do things so differently.
i also love what great helpers our kids are! i planned on taking photos of josh making this bread but samson wandered into the kitchen as we began prepping and asked what we were doing. when he found out we were about to make bread, he exclaimed so excitedly, “can i help!?” it wasn’t long before eleanor followed in after him eager to sit on the counter and help as well.
doubtful that tastes remotely delicious, but they always like to try whatever they are making! haha!
this is my new favorite photo of josh! he just looks so happy and proud of his bread making skills and in a tie no less! i love this man.
CAN’T BE TOPPED. it just can’t.
let me know if you try it! if you do, i hope you love it. :)