Last week I posted about my Spinach Dip Cob test that quite a few of my work friends are now keen to try themselves with the upcoming Australia Day long weekend. For everyone that’s not an Aussie, Australia Day is the public holiday to celebrate the landing of the first fleet, kind of like Columbus Day in the US. In the last few years it’s been a hot topic of debate as some want to change the date of Australia Day for one reason or another. Most people I know actually don’t quite care. To us it’s a great excuse to get together with friends, have a barbecue and a few laughs together, and celebrate what a great place we live in.
Anyway, back to the point of this post…bread! My work boo Tess had a great suggestion the other day. I’ve tested the dip, why not test making the bread bowl? That only makes total sense right? So off I went to start finding a bread recipe worth testing.
I think everyone can relate to the fact that we all have our preference with bread. Some of us like a soft white sandwich while others prefer a dark, solid multigrain loaf. Me, I’m a hard crunchy crusty type with a soft airy centre. That’s quite likely my French side coming out.
As this is the first time I’ve ever tried to make bread from scratch, I thought it wise to try an easy bread recipe over a complicated one. I figured some of my readers and viewers might be in the same position as me, wanting to master bread making but didn’t want to easy and then progress to a more complicated process. Julia Child, your bread recipe will have to wait. That’s when I stumbled upon Life as a Strawberry’s Easy Crusty French Bread. The name said it all. It was to be easy, and the images on the page looked like a crusty bread to me.
Check out my video on this recipe test on my YouTube channel:
Let’s dive in to bread making shall we? Here’s Life as a Strawberry’s recipe:
- 2.25 tsp. active dry yeast
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1.25 cups warm water (about 100 degrees F should do)
- 1.5 tsp. kosher salt
- 2.5 cups All-Purpose Flour, plus extra for dusting