Consumers hold a positive view of bread, according to a comprehensive review led by Ghent University in Belgium. Despite a tendency to consume junk foods, consumers consider bread to be a basic food product. It is also regarded as an important component of a balanced diet due to its high dietary fiber content. Plus, it is an excellent source of good carbs that aid metabolism, digestion and immunity.
Contrary to popular belief, homemade bread is quite easy to make, even for beginners. But if you're somewhat of a bread expert, you can always try recipes that require a bit of skill and technical know-how. So fire up the oven and try the following homemade bread recipes.
No-knead bread is not only convenient but also requires very few ingredients and equipment. It is also a perfect recipe for people with little to no experience baking. The preparation of the dough itself takes no more than five minutes.
6 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups warm water
1 cup hot water
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
In a mixing bowl, combine warm water, flour, yeast and salt until the mixture is sticky.
Let the dough rest in a warm area (near the stove or a preheated oven) until it doubles in size.
Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of four hours. You can also keep it refrigerated for several days.
Take out the dough and mold it on a floured surface according to the desired shape.
Let the dough rest. It should continue to expand. As it rises, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the dough is ready, make even horizontal or diagonal cuts across the surface. Transfer it onto a pizza stone or a cast-iron pan.
Place the stone or pan atop a broiler pan to create steam as the dough bakes. Steam keeps the bread crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Bake the dough for 40–45 minutes or until golden brown.