The New technique I’m trialling comes of the many hours spent watching Masterchef Australia. You can find the original recipe by Phillipa Grogan here. I’ve used my own bread recipe but I’m definitely excited about the new no-fuss & easy technique! In a way it’s a cheats sourdough, but no one’s going to give you less marks for this one!
See here for this version, of what I’m calling ‘The Plastic Bag Bread,’ aka Cheat’s Sourdough,
Allow at least 8 hrs (or overnight) to rest your Biga starter, for a basic bread recipe, see here. Of course, you’re welcome to use any recipes for bread dough you might have as well.
1 portion, basic bread dough, preferably proofed overnight,
Polenta or Semolina to dust the board,
1 medium plastic bag, ( I’ve used a clean garbage bag)
Baking tray for the Bread,
A sharp knife,
Some freshly boiled water and oven proof dish,
and a little bit of patience…
To Serve Olive oil, accompaniments for the bread, tomatoes, salt and garlic are my favourite’s for today.
Here’s the fun bit, make a little mini hot house with the bag and set it aside. Don’t keep touching it, don’t rearrange the bag, just let it be. Do housework, homework, walk the dog…(just forget about it for the next hour or so,)
preheat the oven to a very hot 200C (392F),
Now, here’s mine after an hour and a bit. Fold the dough in on itself, score the top with a wet knife and lay it on the baking tray with some polenta or semolina, to stop it from sticking. Pour a little of the freshly boiled water into a dish and place it in the bottom of the oven.
Place the baking tray into the oven and set a timer for 25 mins. Once the time is up, remove the baking tray and allow the bread to dry on the oven rack. I also stick a wooden spoon in the door handle to let the steam escape.
This is the bit where you need the patience, the longer you allow the bread to dry, the better the crust will be. Sometimes I’ve even left mine resting overnight (again) and the crust has been super crisp, with that gorgeous crack you get with great bread (sigh!)
You might want a little of this too,