Images and recipes from Delicious Every Day by Anna Gare (Murdoch Books) RRP $39.99
The Lazy Lady’s Loaf
- MAKES A 15 X 30 CM (6 X 12 INCH) LOAF •
“I have a friend, Kareen, who says she can’t cook and then rocks up with the most delicious home-made loaf of bread. I think the cleverest cooks are the ones who can turn something quite challenging into a simple triumph without any effort at all. This really is the cheekiest bread recipe I have ever made: I call it the lazy lady’s loaf, not because you’re lazy but because you can make it to perfection while you sleep.” p.24
500 g (1 lb 2 oz/3⅓ cups) unbleached plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra for dusting and shaping
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt
475 ml (16 fl oz) lukewarm water
Mix the flour, yeast and salt together in a large bowl.
Pour in the water to make a sticky dough.
Combine with a spatula until well mixed.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge overnight.
Take the dough out of the fridge the next day and rest at room temperature for about 1½–2 hours, depending on the weather (it must have just reached room temperature before you bake).
Line a baking tray with baking paper and sprinkle generously with flour.
Remove the dough from the bowl using a spatula and put it on the prepared tray.
Press and shape the loaf into an oval ciabatta shape, using floured hands.
Flip the loaf over so that the wrinkled, floured side is on top.
Transfer the tray to the cold oven and set the heat
to 220°C (425°F).
Bake for 45–50 minutes until the loaf is a light golden colour and sounds hollow when tapped.
Cool on a wire rack.