Christians say that bread is a gift from God. The reason why it is so reputed is because you can never surfeit on it. In my family we say that the good bread is the one you can imagine eating for the rest of your life.
In Czech Republic most people are used to buying the so-called normal bread in a bakery. It’s the cheapest and also the most popular option. There are plenty of different kinds of bread but the usual kind always taste the same no matter what bakery it comes from. The bread is fluffy, salty and a bit sour.
It is difficult to prepare this type of bread at home, yet many people try it. It is a small victory for those who have a good recipe for the homemade bread so similar to that ‘normal’ one from a bakery. Well the good news is – here it is, I got it from my friend’s father one night many years ago.
There are not that many ingredients required and you don’t even have to be a super-skilled cook. But you do have to keep in mind that it takes quite a long time to prepare the bread.
- Flour – 6 cups (you can use just the white flour or mix several kinds together, I usually use 3 cups of white flour + 2 cups of rye flour + 1 cup of fine oat flakes. The white flour makes it crispy, thanks to the rye flour it will still be tasty even after 5 days, while the oat flakes prevents the bread from getting dry. Looks like real science, doesn’t it?) 🙂
- Salt 4 – 5 tsp
- Caraway seeds 3 – 4 tsp
- Dry yeast – 0,5 tsp
- Tap Water – 3 cups
How to Prepare The Bread:
Put all the dry ingredients into a big bowl, stir them up and mix with water. Congratulations, the dough is ready! 🙂
Now cover the bowl with a clean cloth and let it sit for at least 12 hours. It doesn’t need to be in a warm place. After the time passes, uncover it (did the dough rise a bit? good!), then add a bit more flour to the bowl, dredge the dough in flour and leave it covered for 2 more hours.
Prepare a big pot with a lid, place it inside the oven, and then preheat both to 230°C. Take out the hot pot, place a slice of butter in it, let it melt and then spatter the pot with some flour. Now place the dough into the prepared pot and sprinkle it slightly with the caraway seeds, at the top.
Bake it for 30 minutes with the lid on. Remove the lid, reduce the temperature to 200°C and bake it for another 30 minutes (or more until the top turns golden-brown in color). And that’s it!
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My grandmother never let me try the fresh bread – she would always say that it was unhealthy. Now I know that she lied only because she wanted to save some for the next day. After tasting the warm bread – it can disappear very quickly! So enjoy it while it lasts!