I thought long and hard before posting this recipe. This is my favorite, beyond favorite, best recipe I have ever made, could eat the entire loaf in one sitting, actually have done that before, bread recipe.
It is easy, it is simple, it is delicious, it keeps in the fridge for upwards of three frickin’ weeks.
It is obviously a recipe from angels, and tastes like God baked it himself.
I make loaves upon loaves of this bread for Christmas gifts and give them out to friends and family every year. And every year it is a struggle because I hate sharing my amazing bread that much. This year I have already made 5 loaves for Christmas and only two of them have actually made it into the freezer, and who knows if they will actually make it to the holidays.
Simply put. I am addicted to this bread.
Are you ready? Are you ready for this recipe?
I certainly hope so.
You will need:
3 cups warm water
1.5 T salt
1.5 T yeast
6 cups flour
What you do:
Put the warm water into a large resealable tupperware container. Mix in the salt (feel free to play with the salt here, 1.5 T is really salty, sometimes I only use 1). Mix in the yeast. Leave it alone for 5 minutes. When you come back your yeast should be all bubbly and thriving. Add in the flour, don’t putz around adding and mixing, just dump it in and stir it with a wooden spoon or something. Let it rise for 2 hours. Punch it down. Put the lid on it and put it in the fridge to be baked whenever you want.
When you are ready to use it, just spray your hands with some pam (it is incredibly sticky) and then rip off a hunk of dough. Slap it into loaf shape and drop it into a pan. Bake it for about an hour in a 350 degree oven.
I normally double this recipe because, you know, addiction. And, it barely ever makes it into the fridge. I will say the longer it stays in the fridge, the better the taste gets, something about fermentation and yeast and such. It makes anywhere from 2-3 loaves depending on how large you make them.
I have used this dough for a lot of things, pizza, rolls, bread… its pretty versatile. But as a loaf of crusty bread is definitely my favorite option.
I hope you enjoy!
But seriously, don’t start making it as Christmas gifts, unless you plan on gifting it to me.