Do you ever just think: "I really feel like baking bread today," but feel like there's too much effort and time required? That was me a couple weeks ago. I didn't really have time to deal with a couple of long risings, and I didn't have an appropriate loaf pan for a quickbread. So I set out on the hunt for a recipe that would allow me to have bread and butter in my mouth within the hour, and wouldn't require any equipment besides a baking sheet, a bowl, and these two lazy hands of mine.
And I found it, just about! The recipe below, courtesy of my bestie, Allrecipes.com, was definitely easy, and definitely allowed me to scorch my mouth on superfresh bready goodness within an hour of getting up off my butt and heading for the kitchen, but it did require a saucepan as well as the other tools I mentioned. But we'll forgive it that, because this bread was exactly what I wanted. It was like the best ever storebought sliced whole wheat loaf, but with the added benefit of a crustier crust and a warm, fresh interior. The bf and I ate the whole thing in 2 days.
Whole Wheat Bread
Barely adapted from Allrecipes
In a large bowl, combine:
1 cup flour (have another cup+ sitting nearby for later)
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 1/4 tsp (one package) quick rise yeast (I used active dry and it was fine)
1 tsp salt
In a saucepan, combine and heat to about 125F/50C:
1 cup water
1/3 cup plain lowfat (I used nonfat) yogurt
2 tbsp (30g) butter
Add to dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Add enough flour to form a soft dough, then turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Shape into a ball and place on a nonstick or greased baking sheet. Cover and place in a warm spot. Let rise about 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400F/205C. When dough has risen, bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a rack, and try not to cut into it and slather it with butter until it's at least cool enough to avoid 3rd degree burns!
** P.S. The bf and I were in Amsterdam over the weekend, and we took an awesome Dim Sum cooking class. I didn't have my fancy camera with me, so the pics will be sub-par, but hopefully they (and the words) will convey a bit of the extremely fun and delicious experience. So watch this space! **