This is my first try at making bread. This French Bread recipe is so easy that I did it on my first try. Not the prettiest looking but for my first try I am happy with it. This took me about 2 hours but with practice I think I could reduce the time.
2 cups of warm water not too hot or it kills the yeast.
1 tablespoon of dried yeast.
2 teaspoons of sugar.
Combine yeast , water and sugar and store then leave set for 5 minutes. I leave it set while I prepare the dried ingredients.
6 cups of flour saving 1/2 cup for the second kneading.
2 Teaspoons of salt
Put in bowl then combine the yeast that you have let set in the water.Make a hole in the center of the flour and pore it into the hole it will mix easier that way. I mix it with my hands you have to mix it thoroughly to break up the gluten. Then I start adding the 1/2 cup of flour kneading it in until you can form a smooth ball. Do not add too much flour. Once it can form a ball let it set for 15 minutes. Rub a little olive oil around the ball of dough.
Divide the ball of dough in half. Make a rectangle and then roll until you have an oval shape about 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick. I use parchment paper to roll my dough on it does not stick to parchment paper and rolls a lot easier. Fold the ends under so it will raise better and cut slits across the top. Set on a baking sheet and let it stand for about 60 minutes. make sure it is in a warm area. Mine was only 72 degrees and it would not raise so I warmed the oven , turned it off and then I placed the dough in the oven to raise and left the oven door open. It raised very well doing it like that. After about 30 to 45 minutes once it has raised You can place it in the oven.
The oven should be preheated to 400 degrees. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes. Mine only took 15 minutes to bake.
I was looking for a yeast less pizza crust recipe and did not find any that worked very well. Something is different about the yeast now days and when you make dough with the new yeast the product comes out tasting very yeasty. So I decided to make my own recipe. It works pretty good but comes out gooey and can be difficult to spread. I used all organic products because most now days know the harm GMOs and glyphosate will do to our bodies. I gave instructions on how to make it into bread instead of crust in the ingredients list.
To spread the dough I use wax paper that I have dipped in olive oil. It makes spreading it much easier. You can also make bread from this recipe by doubling the amount of baking soda.
2 teaspoons of olive oil
4 cups of organic flour
½ teaspoon of baking soda. To make bread instead of crust increase baking soda to 1 teaspoon.
2 ½ cups of sour milk or yogurt
mix the dry ingredients and then the oil first, then add the milk or yogurt. Grease or oil a pizza pan or cookie sheet. Place the dough in the center of the pan or cookie sheet and spread with wax paper dipping it in olive oil. It makes the dough very easy to spread.
Preheat oven to 425 cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the bottom of the dough just starts to brown. Then remove from the oven and add the toppings. Place back in the oven it will brown the rest of the way as the toppings are cooking. If you cook it too long in the first step it will come out hard.
The only problem I have with this recipe is it does shrink but it taste great.
I really cannot give the recipe for the sauce because when you buy tomato sauce and even the tomatoes I can, can have a different level of acidity. I make half from crushed tomatoes and half tomato sauce. I add oregano, basil, parsley, black pepper, salt, majoram and honey to taste. If you add sweet peppers you do not want to sweeten it because the peppers will sweeten the sauce up.