Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sometimes it's the little things.... yeast for about 1/2 price :)

I've been baking a lot of pizza dough, flatbread and what Max calls "Awesome Bread" - all very very tasty breads that are super easy to make and require just a few ingredients - flour, water, salt, and.... yeast.

I bought a jar of your basic Fleishman's Active Dry yeast at Safeway, and it cost almost $10.00. A relatively high-ticket item, but still a bargain when you're using it only a teaspoon or two at a time.

Then, a couple of weeks later I'm at Target and noticed that the exact same jar of yeast is only $4.95 - score!! On the advice if Michael Ruhlman I keep my yeast in the freezer where it will last a good long time - but at the rate I've been turning out the bread - it won't have to last very long........

No-Knead "Awesome Bread"

3 cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon active dry yeast

½ teaspoon sugar

1½ teaspoon salt

1½ cups warm water

½ teaspoon vinegar (balsamic, wine, or cider—whatever you have)

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. The dough will be thick and gloppy. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and drape with a kitchen towel. Leave it in a warm spot in your kitchen. The oven works well; just make sure you put a note on it reminding you that it’s in there! Let the dough rise for about 6 hours. A little more or less is fine.

Spray a cutting board with oil spray (or film with a little olive oil) and turn the dough onto the board. Shape the dough into a round loaf and cover it with the plastic wrap and towel. Let it rest for about an hour.

Thirty minutes before the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 450°F.

Put a Dutch oven, lidded casserole (ceramic, not glass), or other heavy lidded pot (I use my Grandma's old school pressure cooker) into the oven to preheat.

Scrape or pour the dough into the heated pot. The dough will be very wet—don’t fret.

Bake for 30–35 minutes. Remove the lid and bake for 15–20 minutes more, until the top is browned and crusty.

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  1. This recipe looks great: delicious and easy to make!

    Supermarket prices for yeast are crazy. If you're a member of Costco, check their price for yeast. The 2-pound package lasts at least a year, and (last time I bought it) it costs less than my supermarket charges for the little jar.

  2. I'm going to have to try this bread! :)