It’s a gorgeous, delicate bread that is perfect on it’s own, dipped in soups or topped with savory or sweet spreads!
Rustic Country Loaf Bread!
There is nothing quite like baking your own bread. I use to be intimidated by the whole yeast thing, but once I got up the nerve to do it, I’ve been hooked ever since. What I found is that baking bread is:
- Rewarding, because you owned it – you’ve made homemade BREAD!
- You know exactly what went in that loaf and are not crossing your eyes trying to figure out how to pronounce some of those ingredients in commercial breads.
- Therapeutic! I found that if I’ve had a long stressful week, one of the most calming things I can do on the weekend is to bake a fresh loaf of bread. Honestly, the actual kneading of the dough is, for me anyway, calming and basically just helps me relax.
The only problem I have with making homemade bread, and mind you it’s not a bad problem, but between my kids and family AND myself – it does NOT last more than a day.
I bake it, we eat it – The End.
On the upside, that means I GET to bake it AGAIN! HA! And I am most definitely not complaining 😉
So as yeast bread goes, this is my favorite “go to” recipe. It’s easy, and always turns out perfect. I do try others, but nothing beats finding that one gorgeous recipe that you can always depend on. This is mine, Rustic Country Loaf Bread 🙂
- 2 1/4 tsp (1 packet) Active Dry Yeast
- 1/4 cup Warm Water, between 105 - 115F
- 2 Tbls Sugar
- 3 cups All Purpose Flour (Plain)
- 1 Tbls Baking Powder
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 cup Butter, cold
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- In a small bowl with Warm Water, add the Yeast and Sugar, Stir. Set Aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt.
- Cut in the butter and mix until it resembles crumbs.
- Add the yeast and buttermilk and bring together until a soft dough starts to form.
- On a lightly flour dusted surface, turn out dough, dust lightly with more flour and knead gently until smooth. About 3 - 5 minutes. Let rest for about 10 minutes.
- Punch down dough and shape into round loaf, place on a greased baking sheet.
- Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375F. Cut an "X" on top of loaf, about 1/2 inch deep.
- Place in oven and bake for 35 -45 minutes, golden on top and skewer or knife inserted comes out clean.
- Best served warm.
- Makes 1 loaf
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.