I have talked a lot of how when I am in a baking low -when bakes go wrong that is, cookies help me out of it. They come out perfect and act as antidepressant. But do you know what actually works as another happy medicine - breads !! Surprised, don't be, kneading is therapeutic and there has been instances when my anger has been washed away after 8-10 minutes of happy kneading. But recently I found out not just kneading or cookies make me happy. Its the basic idea of baking especially baking fuss-free breads. This was after I baked an easy no-knead flatbread with loads of cheese,garlic and herbs. I have adapted this recipe from our master flourist King Arthur Flour and as usual knew it would be excellent.
All Purpose Flour: 3.5 cups
Instant Yeast: 1 tbsp
Salt: 1.25 tsp
Olive Oil :3 tbsp
Warm Water: 1.5 cups
Pizza seasoning/choice of herbs: 1 tsp + more for sprinkling
Cheddar cheese: chopped into small cubes : 1/ 2 cup
Garlic cloves: 5 or more minced
Mix together all the ingredients except cheese and garlic using hand or machine. You have to just mix it well for about 1 minute or so to get a sticky thick batter.
Fold in the cheese and garlic and ensure they are distributed evenly.
Pour the batter into an appropriate baking dish which is greased and optionally lined.Make sure you push the batter to the corners of the dish. Let it rise covered with a plastic wrap,until puffy and almost doubled for about 1- 2 hours.
I made half of the recipe and it filled an entire 8'x8' square dish after rising and it took just 45 minutes to rise.
At the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375F/190C and sprinkle herbs or pizza seasonings evenly on top of the risen dough.
Bake in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Take out, after 5 minutes turn it out of the baking dish onto a wire rack to cool completely or till snack time.
Enjoy with a dip or sauce or as such cubed or quartered.
Easy to bake bread perfect with soup or as a snack or whatever way you prefer. And for me it was just perfect with tea and just right in time for World Bread Day 2012 which is celebrated worldwide today especially at Zorra's. Its an event I have not missed for the past 4 years and will be participating hopefully in coming years as well.