Italian Casserole Bread

I spent last friday night home alone with a good movie and a glass of red wine. I am not that good at making dinner for one, so instead I decided to buy some cheese, a sausage and bake a bread with a good crust and with lots of flavor. I only searched the web for few minutes before finding this great recipe. It is without doubt one of the best bread recipes that I have ever tried, but have in mind that the bread should be eaten same day as baked, and preferably while still warm 🙂

 

Ingredients (1 bread)

Active yeast, size of a finger nail

8/10 cup water

1/2 cup beer

1 tbsp. vinegar

3 1/5 cup flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. sugar

 

Day 1:

Add yeast, water, beer and vinegar to mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and use our fingers to combine. Knead until just combined and the dough is still wet and lumpy.

Cover with plastic foil and leave on the kitchen table to raise for 12-18 hours (the longer, the better).

Day 2:

Cover your kitchen table with flour and pour the wet and raised dough out. Fold it together one from each side (= 4 times) and place it in a greased dish and cover with plastic foil and let raise in a warm place for two hours.

Put you casserole into a water bath one hour within the raising time if it is made of clay. Leave it covered in water for 10 minutes before placing it in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to convection at 430F or regular oven at 460F.

Take the hot casserole out of the oven when the two hour raising time is finished. Sprinkle the bottom of the casserole with flour, pour in the dough and sprinkle with flour again. Put on the lid and place the casserole in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the lid, and turn down the heat to 400F/430F and bake for additional 15 minutes.

Remove the baked bread from the casserole and let rest on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes before serving.

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As you can see on the picture below, the bread is not as light as expected. This because I folded the dough twice from each side instead of only one as advised in the recipe. So be careful not to knead the dough or fold to to much, as it will remove the air bubbles and leave the finished bread more dense.IMG_1213

Bon Appétit!

Ingredienser (1 brød)

En lille klump gær, på størrelse med en lillefingernegl

2 dl vand

1 dl øl

1 spsk. eddike

400 g mel

1 tsk. salt

1 tsk. sukker

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