Want an adventure? Then head to your kitchen and create something without a recipe…wing it, fly by the seat of your pants…with a smidgen of knowledge about food, you can enter the world of risk and adventure by coming up with your own dish! This ‘Peasant Sourdough French Bread’ was born that way…I wanted to see how self-rising flour would work, no dry yeast and little kneading. Then I faced the question, to let raise or not to raise…I had no idea of how the ingredients would work. I had nothing to lose other than maybe a huge flop that I could then resurrect into something else like Thanksgiving dressing OR I could have a huge hit…the stars were aligned, and this bread is fabulous! Sharing this on Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen Manic Mondays!
Makes: 2 loaves
Preheat oven to 375
What you need:
6 to 6 1/2 cups self-rising flour (divided saving 1/2 to 1 cup for kneading)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sea salt
2 tbl sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup Greek yogurt + 2 cups water mixed and blended together
What you do:
Combine in a large mixing bowl 5 1/2 cups of flour, baking powder salt and sugar and blend with your hands. Slowly add in buttermilk and start blending with a wooden spoon. Continue adding in the yogurt/water blended liquid. Using ‘elbow grease’ and your spatula or wooden spoon, blend about 2 minutes everything together. Batter will be thick and gooey. Cover with a clean dish towel, place in a draft free area for about 45-60 minutes. The dough will raise.
After about the dough has raised some, toss on some of the additional flour and knead (in the bowl) the batter with your hands. Continue adding more flour. You want your batter to be slightly more firm and able to make a bread shape–French loaf, round, etc. Divided the dough, shape and place on a French loaf pan (this is what I used–you can use whatever you prefer). Make slits on the top with a sharp knife.
Bake in a preheated 375 oven about 30 minutes. Remove and cover with a clean dish towel for about 15 minutes. It’s now ready to tear off and chow down!
©Alice D’Antoni Phillips Ally’s Kitchen