Easy Rustic Bread

I lack the patience to make bread very often, especially since I’m living alone.

In fact, I find baking to be enough of a pain that I when I want fresh bread I just trot on down to the bakery and give them money. But this recipe so easy I’ve started baking bread about once a week.

Fair warning, this is not your light and fluffy loaf. But if you like a good solid loaf this is the way to go.

I’ve also found that the flavor depends almost entirely on how much honey and salt you put in.

Here’s everything you need.
============
Water

1tsp salt
1Tbsp honey
1Tbsp active yeast

3 or 4 cups of all purpose flour

400° oven
============

Put a cup and a half of warm water (just over body temperature) in a medium sized warm bowl. –I rinse the bowl with hot water.
Add the yeast, salt, and honey and stir until the honey dissolves.
yeast water and honey

Set the bowl in a warm spot and let it sit for about 10 minutes or so, until foam forms on top.
yeast reaction with water and honey

Add flour, stir it with a spoon until the dough starts to come together, then finish mixing with your hands adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
(I take mine out of the bowl and finish kneading it on a floured counter. It gives me more leverage so I have fewer streaks of flour in my loaf.)

Cover the bowl with a dish towel and set it someplace warm for about 20 or 30 minutes to let the bread rise.
(I put mine straight on the cookie sheet)
unbaked bread

When the dough looks right, put it on a cookie sheet with silicone mat or some parchment paper and place it on the center rack of the preheated oven.
fresh baked bread
Bake it until the loaf is brown on top and sounds hollow when you tap it on the bottom.

You then put it on a rack, cover it with a dish towel and wait for it to cool. If you’re like me, your willpower runs out after about 10 minutes. Then it’s time to grab the butter out of the fridge and reach for the bread knife.