(english) Crusty white bread

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I think that anyone has tried to make bread at home. Many people think that is difficult, however it’s not difficult you only need  patience and practice at preparing  the dough and then while it rises  you can find something else to do : you can call your friends, read that book you bought and have not yet had time to open, play with your kids 🙂 . It’s a great for destress. You can consider the simple act of preparation and handling of the dough as a relaxation technique for the mind, body and emotions. It’s perfect if you are impatient, if you depend on immediate results, if you need to channel your energy, is an act extremely liberating, kneading keeps your mind engaged and, without realizing it, you forget stress, worries, and concerns. I used to  see baking  bread since I was a kid, my mom used to make it, at  my grandparents home it was a tradition , my aunts used to make bread too . Not one or two …. bu a lot , and they kneaded in this way:

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Italian bread (ciabatta)



Ingredients:

500 gr plain flour
370 gr. lukewarm water
12 gr. fresh baker’s yeast or 1 teaspoon dried yeast
1 teaspoon honey (or sugar)
2 teaspoons of salt
Dissolve honey and yeast in the lukewarm water. Sieve the flour in a bowl, add the water with honey and yeast and mix everything. Add the salt and mix but not too long. When the flour is nicely combined the dough is done.  Cover the bowl with plastic film and leave to rest on a warm place for 90 minutes. Continua a leggere “Italian bread (ciabatta)”