101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: Stand Mixer Rustic Peasant Bread

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Stand Mixer Rustic Peasant Bread

I love a rustic bread. It needs to have a ruff texture and wonderful taste. Add a crunchy crust and I'm in heaven. It is not the most beautiful of breads but it is extremely tasty with a great crust and texture. Quick and easy with no hand kneading and a little over 2 hours and you're eating bread.


I needed a bread for my Italian cooking tonight and gave it some though all day long. Really too long to follow any of the recipes I found. A CI recipe add a touch of whole wheat flour to a roll that they call a peasant roll. It looked interesting but just too much work. I am amazed at the amount of work some people can put into something sometimes.

Start with the basics of flour (AP and whole wheat), yeast, sugar, salt and water. Let the stand mixer do all the work. Be sure to keep it warm for good rise. Then cook in a hot oven to get a great crust.

Rating
This was just way too easy. My wife (not a bread person) threatened to eat the whole thing.

Notes: It is cool in Michigan now and we keep our home cool (60) also. I have developed techniques for bread baking in our home in cold weather. First, I start with warm equipment. I preheat the stand mixer bowl and the rising bowl with hot water. I use a pre-warmed oven as my "warm spot" for rising. I do this by turning an oven on the lowest temp possible (170) and as soon as the oven beeps. I turn it off. I put the dough in this environment about 10 minutes after turning off the oven. The dough tripled in size in 1 hour. The second rise was in the same oven but not reheated.

I used a dutch oven to bake the bread because I wanted a "steam effect" . Really put it in any pan you want, brush with water and bake until internal temp of 200. The dough is not strong enough to be baked outside of a pan.

 In 1 3/4 cups of warm (110 degree) water, dissolve 1 T sugar and 1 T of rapid rise yeast.
Add the yeast mixture to a preheated stand mixer bowl. Spray dough hook with PAM. With the mixer on "2" slowly add 4 1/2 cups AP flour, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour and 2 t salt.

Preheat oven to 170 and turn off. Allow the dough to mix for 10 minutes.
 Move the dough to a lightly oiled preheated bowl (see notes), form into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in oven for 50-60 minutes until about tripled in size.
Lightly coat a preheated (see notes) dutch oven with oil and move the dough into it. Cover with lid, place back in oven and allow to double in size. About 30 minutes.
Move from oven and then heat to 450 degrees convection. Score top of dough with a sharp chef knife. Then brush top with 1 T of water. Yes it will seem like too much but it will steam and help the crust.
This is the bottom side up that looks better
Place the dutch oven covered into the oven. Bake for 10 minutes then remove the cover. Continue to bake until internal temp of about 200. About another 20 minutes.





Stand Mixer Rustic Peasant Bread


I love a rustic bread and you can have it in just over 2 hours. It needs to have a ruff texture and wonderful taste. Add a crunchy crust and I'm in heaven. It is not the most beautiful of breads but it is extremely tasty with a great crust and texture. Quick and easy with no hand kneading and a little over 2 hours and you're eating bread.
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cup 110 degree water
  • 1 T (one package will do) yeast
  • 1 T sugar
  • 4 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 t salt
Instructions
1) In 1 3/4 cups of warm (110 degree) water, dissolve 1 T sugar and 1 T of rapid rise yeast.2) Add the yeast mixture to a preheated stand mixer bowl. Spray dough hook with PAM. With the mixer on "2" slowly add 4 1/2 cups AP flour, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour and 2 t salt. 3) Preheat oven to 170 and turn off. Allow the dough to mix for 10 minutes. 4) Move the dough to a lightly oiled preheated bowl (see notes), form into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in oven for 50-60 minutes until about tripled in size.5) Lightly coat a preheated (see notes) dutch oven with oil and move the dough into it. Cover with lid, place back in oven and allow to double in size. About 30 minutes.6) Move from oven and then heat to 450 degrees convection. Score top of dough with a sharp chef knife. Then brush top with 1 T of water. 7) Place the dutch oven covered into the oven. Bake for 10 minutes then remove the cover. Continue to bake until internal temp of about 200. About another 20 minutes.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: one loaf

Updated

November 12 2011

DrDan

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5 Comments:

At November 18, 2011 at 2:42 PM , Blogger Chris said...

60 degrees? Are you mad? I'd be wearing long johns all the time! I guess that's the Florida boy in me.

The bread looks exceptionally good and sounds even easy enough for a non-baker like me to make.

 
At October 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM , Blogger Annie Solomon said...

You say to bake at 450 convection. I don't have a convection oven. Do you know what temperature to bake it in a standard oven?

 
At October 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Dan Mikesell said...

Don't go over the 450 or you start melting things like knobs on dutch ovens. Go with the straight 450 and leave covered for 15 minutes then uncover. Go for the 200 degrees internal temp which should take 20-25 minutes from this point. (all this is guesses but I'm usually about right on.)

 
At October 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Annie Solomon said...

Thanks! Going to try today.

 
At October 19, 2013 at 9:00 PM , Blogger Annie Solomon said...

Bread turned out great! Thanks for the detailed recipe.

 

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