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While everyone else raves about their homemade sourdough, we’ll be basking in the glow of Alexandra Stafford’s peasant bread, from her cookbook Bread Toast Crumbs. It’s just as satisfying to make at home but doesn’t require tending to a starter or any complicated techniques. In fact, it comes together with just five ingredients (plus butter for greasing) and you don’t even have to knead it.
Stafford calls for unbleached all-purpose flour, which means it hasn’t been treated with bleaching agents and has a slightly denser texture. It will provide better structure to the loaves, but you can use bleached flour if that’s what you have. And since instant yeast doesn’t need to be rehydrated before you use it (unlike active dry yeast), you can dump it right in with the flour.
Alexandra (you can call her Ali) Stafford is best known for her popular food blog, Alexandra's Kitchen. You may also be familiar with her cookbook Bread Toast Crumbs, cooking tutorials at Alexandra's Kitchen, or her Instagram feed @AlexandraCooks featuring mostly simple, always seasonal, delicious dishes. She recently launched an online cooking class subscription series on Airsubs!
Reprinted from Bread Toast Crumbs. Copyright © 2017 by Alexandra Stafford. Photograph by Eva Kolenko. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.
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