If you know me well, you know I love bread….any and all kinds. My 18 month old is the same….she points to bread wherever she finds it and yells “bau! bau!” (….we speak English at home so she responds in English although she fully understands both English and Italian, including the Sicilian dialect!) As a matter of fact, she prefers to eat bread over food…..just to tell you that she has my carby genes! So what was I to do a few days ago when we ran out of bread? (…..crisis, I know!) Well, I quickly gathered my ingredients and added some yogurt to make it soft and chewy. Yes, if you add yogurt when making bread, it will make the bread very soft from the inside so that it’s perfect for sandwiches or for little ones to nibble at. If you use the whey (liquid when straining yogurt) of the yogurt instead, your bread will turn out a bit on the lightly sweet side, which I love as well…..perfect for breakfast bread when spreading jam =)
So here is a simple way to make a rustic looking bread using yogurt =)
Maestro, the ingredients please!….
-500 grams of flour (In Italy, I use an organic type of “semola rimacinata” flour)
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– 1 pkg of instant yeast
– 1\2 cup of yogurt (I use low fat)
– Salt, to taste
In a bowl, place your flour, and salt, Mix. Add olive oil, yeast, yogurt and 1 cup of warm water. Mix. Add more water until everything is well incorporated and STICKY. Yes, you want it sticky. Let rise for 1 hour. Then, using a wooden spoon, dump the entire mix onto the baking tray (forming a log with your hands or the spoon). Sprinkle some flour on top and bake at 200°C \ 400°F until nice and golden. That’s it! =)
Isn’t she a beauty?! So go ahead and try it….and be sure to leave a comment so others can know how it turned out!
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