Yesterday I got up early to go with my family to visit a family member in the hospital. She seemed in good spirits, and was excited to see us. This let me relax a little, which sounds like it would be good, but as soon as I stopped worrying I realized that I didn’t eat breakfast and it was 11:30. As we walked out of the building I spotted some passing food carts on their way to patients’ rooms and couldn’t help but think that they wouldn’t REALLY be able to notice if I just took a little nibble from their side of roasted vegetables. I would never actually do something like that, but I couldn’t stop the idea from popping into my head. I’m a terrible person.
As we got into the car, my dad started talking about how he needed bread for coffee hour after church on Sunday. I suggested Walmart. I was thinking about the lineup of rotisserie chickens that sit just before the checkout line, and totally forgot the thing where I make bread like every day. He reminded me. “YOU want to buy BREAD from WALMART? WALMART??” We didn’t go to Walmart. I didn’t get rotisserie chicken. So sad.
I did end up making what the book calls “Saturday White Bread” though. And it was really delicious, so listen up! Way better than Walmart. Can 100% confirm.
Before and after fermenting for 5 hours.
Before and after proofing for 1.5 hours.
Just out of the oven, cooling on racks.
Saturday Overnight White (adapted from Flour Water Salt Yeast):
Makes 2 loaves.
- Combine 7.5 cups flour, 3 cups water, 1.25 tbsp salt, and 1.5 tsp yeast and stir until combined. Cover and let sit 20 minutes.
- Fold the dough for ~3 minutes or until it comes together and starts to look elasticy.
- Cover and let sit in a large bowl for 5 hours, folding the dough again about 2 hours in (not required, but suggested).
- Cut in half (approximate) and place in well oiled bread pans. Cover and let sit for 1.5 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees approximately 30 minutes before baking (or later if your oven heats up quickly). Bake for 30 minutes with both loaves on the same rack.