Saturday, May 4, 2013

Easy Rustic Bread (Yeast Free)

This is a simple bread, that is not only yeast free but tastes delicious as well. 

3 cups whole wheat flour (preferably stone ground)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rice milk or 1 1/2 cups water (works with any liquid)
1/4 cup liquid fat (i.e. melted milk free margarine, vegetable oil, olive oil)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry ingredients. (no need to sift flour)

2. Mix liquids and add to dry.  Stir until there is no more dry flour.  You you may need a little bit more or less liquid. The dough should be moist but not sticky.  It may take a few minutes for the flour to fully absorb the liquid, so don't rush to add liquid or flour to it.
3. Shape into a ball or an oval, with oiled hands. Place on clean baking sheet. Score lightly the surface in a diamond or X shape to prevent splitting of the crust. Bake for 40 minutes at 400°F.

Variations: Rub the dough ball with virgin olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and oregano for a foccacia flavor. For tea time add a tsp pure cane sugar. The liquid can be replaced for orange or other fruit juice if the bread is to be used for teatime and you can even add dried chopped fruits. For a savory bread the liquid can be tomato juice and you can add chopped sundried tomatoes to the dough. Sprinkling of seeds in the dough or on top of the bread is also possible.

Note: I have also used all purpose flour which produced a great bread as well.  The original recipe calls for 4 teaspoons of baking powder but for some that may be too strong a taste.  So I used 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder which also gives it a little more flavor as well.


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