I'm going to let you in on a little secret: baking bread is easy.
I love baking, and I love outdoor cooking. So, we are so lucky to have a wonderful neighbor who has hand-built an adobe oven in their back yard! Not only do we get to enjoy their gourmet treats, we're invited to come over and enjoy rustic baking in this amazing wood-fired oven.
Paul Clausen, Rustica's Resident Chef & Baker Extraordinare!
Oh, and don't think this experience is limited to artisan bread; slabs of salmon, steaks, baked beans, even berry cobblers have been fire-roasted to perfection and you'll some of those recipes here in the very near future!
We've experimented with a number of bread and pizza recipes. Cooking on the stone surface delivers a beautiful crusty exterior, and a tantalizing wood-smoke flavor. The one we're sharing today is an all-purpose classic that can be used for bread, pizza or flatbread-styled gourmet treats.
PS: this bread recipe works well in an average home oven; we've included alternate baking instructions so you can make this in your own standard oven.
Give baking your own bread a try, it is one of the easiest and most delicious things you can do!
The Hungry Garden's adobe wood fired oven Rustica Gift & Talavera Pottery Artisan Bread Recipe.
By: Rustica's Chef & Baker-in-Residence Paul Clausen
4 cups unbleached white flour (or 2 cups Bread Flour and 2 cups plain White Flour)
Sea Salt – 2 teaspoon
Dry active bread yeast – 1 packet (2 tablespoons)
Water – as needed
White sugar - 1 teaspoon
Flour for dusting
We baked our bread in an outdoor adobe wood fired oven and was at a temperature of about 500 degrees (260C). You can simply bake the bread in a very hot oven (450-500 F) for 12-15 minutes.
Crispy Crust Pro Move: To get a crispy crust, you can put a small pan of water in the bottom of the oven to produce a more humid cooking environment, which will produce a crisper crust.
Check for desired golden color / doneness. Ovens vary in cooking time, so check the dough at about 10 minute and then adjust the cooking time / temperature according to your oven. A good way to test the bread is to tap the bottom, it should have a hollow sound, if the bread does not sound hollow, continue to bake.
Once done, remove and let cool. Enjoy your home cooked bread!
Rustica Gift and Talavera Pottery; we're not just about the gorgeous artisan Mexican pottery and pewter; we're equally enthusiastic about the food we serve on these tableware pieces. That's why we love to share our favorite recipes with you!
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