Friday, January 17, 2014
Are you a morning or a night person? I am a total morning person. It's just a little after 11 am and I have already cleaned the chicken coop and run,mopped and cleaned the entire house,I've got crock pot pulled pork cooking,the buns have already been baked up for later on,and I've prepped the rest of tonight's meal.The down side to being a morning person is that I am totally ready for bed by 8 pm. I am up every morning at 6 and I am pretty much unable to sleep in on weekends and I never nap during the day. I suppose it pays off in various ways because I am able to bake bread in the morning and have the rest of the day free for whatever needs doing..And there is always something that needs doing.
If you've got a few hours to kill while you get things done around the house then I encourage you to bake this bread. It's soft,flavorful, and goes well with soup and makes a great sandwich.It's super easy to make and requires very little hands on time. The dough does require a bit of kneading,but it's done in a mixer for about 3 to 4 minutes and that is all that's required!
No-knead Semolina Bread
1 cup Lukewarm Water
2 tsp. Pizza Dough Flavor,or dried herbs of choice
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Instant Yeast
1-1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
1 cup Semolina
Additional seasonings for the topping;optional
Olive Oil for drizzling
Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer and beat on medium speed for 3-4 minutes ( I also used the dough hook).
Place dough ball in a greased bowl,cover, and allow to rise for 1-1/2 to 2 hours,until dough is very puffy.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and shape into a ball. Grease a 9 inch round cake pan with nonstick spray or olive oil and place dough ball into the prepared pan. Cover the pan and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour,until it becomes puffy.
While the dough rises,preheat the oven to 375 or 190 celsius.
Gently poke the dough all over with your index finger. Drizzle lightly with olive oil or even garlic oil. You can either sprinkle the dough with additional seasoning before you bake it or wait until after it has come out of the oven.
Bake the bread till it's golden brown,35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with herbs or seasoning of choice if you didn't do it before it went into the oven. Allow it to rest in the pan for 5 minutes,then turn it out onto a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temp.
Yield: 1 round Loaf
Source: King Arthur Flour