In my recent quest to bake with yeast, I've been buoyed up by my experience with King Arthur's English Muffin bread, which I've made at least a dozen times. All of my loaves have risen nicely - except the batch where I actually forgot to add the yeast. Yeah.
I've been having a great time reading bread books and yeast recipes. It's a very deep rabbit hole indeed! I'm trying to start with baby steps (the Stollen was a pretty big - and not totally successful - stride).
For my third yeast experiment, I went with another King Arthur bread variety - no knead, start to finish in under 2 hours! It's a focaccia-mimic and it is as tasty as it is easy. King Arthur calls it "Blitz Bread" (recipe here, blog post with step-by-step photos here). The nice thing about this recipe is that you can season it to suit your mood, or your menu.
- As advertised, this is bread comes together very easily.
- I did not use (do not own) the optional pizza dough flavor or the optional cheese powder.
- I wanted to get a good first taste of the base bread, so I sprinkled a few basic herbs very sparingly. I was not particularly sparing with the olive oil, which pretty much coats the dough as the bread cooks.
This bread was fragrant and tasty. We ate it warm from the oven as an accompaniment to dinner. The best part was the olive oil- soaked bottom crust.