Easy homemade bread

 

Homemade bread can be prepared easily, it is simple to let the yeast do it’s job. This bread is round, and has a crispy crust. If you are eating plenty of bread, keep in mind that the bread from the grocery store, bakery and commercial shopping centers have at least ten ingredients on top of flour, water and yeast that are the only real ingredients required for quality bread. If you read labels on the commercial bread, you will find additives for the treatment of flour, emulsifiers, thickeners, enzymes, and often soy derivatives. If you choose to prepare the bread at home you can save energy by baking in the evening (some countries have cheaper electricity at night). Be sure to choose organic or biological flour which is produced from grains that were not treated with pesticides and do not contain pesticide residues! If you love and use a lot of bread, consider to make it the best quality possible.

Ingredients

4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt (can be omitted)
1 teaspoon dry yeast
2 cups water
spices you like

topping: 1 tablespoon of oat flakes and 1 teaspoon flour

Preparation

To prepare this bread we need 4 cups flour: one cup of whole wheat flour and three cups of white flour, but you can use a different type of flour to your liking (rye, oatmeal, etc.).
Put the dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, salt and dry yeast. Mix well and in this step you can add spices that you like, and which reduce the need for salt and give a twist to the flavour of your bread.
Pour 2 cups of warm water (or at least it should be at room temperature) and mix well with a spoon to obtain a nice texture without lumps.
Cover the bowl and leave to rise in a warm place for at least an hour and a maximum of 12 hours if the room temperature is low.
When the dough is nicely done, turn on the oven to 210 C.
Place a baking paper over a baking tray. Transfer the dough to the baking paper, make a nice round loaf and lightly sprinkle with oat flakes and dust with flour (you can sprinkle with flax seeds, poppy seeds, etc.).
Leave the prepared loaf on the kitchen table for about 20 minutes so it can rise a little bit more until the oven is ready.
Bake the bread for 20-30 minutes until crust gets a golden-brown color.

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