Quick Crusty Bread

I totally forgot to post this recipe yesterday!  While this bread isn’t as stellar as the artisan bread, this was still a good loaf of bread – and the fact that you just throw 5 ingredients together, mix with a spoon and an hour and 15 minutes later you have fresh bread?  Awesome!  I found the recipe here, but I am rewriting it in ounces instead of grams.

Quick Crusty Bread  (made 3 loaves – for calories, I put each loaf is 2 servings – so half of one loaf is 312 calories, .8 fat, 65 carbs, 2 fiber and 8.5 protein)  If you cut each loaf into three servings, it would be 5 points, and still a generous piece of bread.

  • 17 1/2 ounces regular white flour
  • 12.5 ounces warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt (next time I’ll make it a full tablespoon)

Mix the honey and the water together until the honey dissolves. Mix the flour, yeast and salt.  Add honey water mixture and stir – don’t worry the dough will be really sticky.  Let rest for one hour.  I set my oven at 430 degrees about 15 minutes before my hour resting was up – my oven takes awhile to get to temp.  At an hour, I divided the dough into three loaves, and baked for 15 minutes on a baking stone.

The drive to work was so pretty yesterday – for me, you can’t have too many pictures of clouds, sunsets or trees! 😀

So for breakfast yesterday I had an egg/bacon/cheese sandwich with 1/3 of a loaf.  The bread (5), egg, (2), cheese (2) and bacon (2) with a side of sliced apples was a super filling 11 point breakfast.

It was so nice outside – 72 and sunny for my 50 minute walk.  I decided to give my legs a break yesterday.  It feels so much like summer.  Not sure I’ve seen the trees or flowers bloom so early!

Lunch was kinda on the fly – I just kept putting stuff in my lunch bag and decided I would see how it worked out once I got to work.  I had leftover chicken from when my SIL was over for dinner, so chicken tacos quickly formed.  4 of these mini corn tortillas are only 120 calories (4 points).  I divided 3 ounces of chicken (3) (yes, I have a food scale at work – don’t judge 😀 ), green chiles, cheese, romaine lettuce, salsa and fresh cilantro.  All together lunch comes in at 10 points.  The only thing that would have made this better would be to have pickled jalapenos on them, but I am all out.

My store had smoked sausage on sale for $3.29 a pound.  Hannah will actually eat this meat because it doesn’t have any grizzle (sp?) in it, and reminds her of the sausage she had in Germany.  We normally cook the sausage along with the red beans and rice, but I decided to grill it.  Yesterday was an awesome mail day – only 1 bill and three food magazines!

It’s fully cooked, so you just need to heat it up and get some grill marks on it – it was ready in about 10 minutes.

I dipped my sausage into this mustard – omg – so good!  It’s  sweet and hot mustard – it had me because the first ingredient was white wine vinegar!  I got it on the discount rack at William’s and Sonoma – normally it sells for $14.50 (total rip off) but I got it for $3. 😀

I had to laugh because this was how one of my dinner plate pictures turned out – I know, I know, you’re jealous of my photography skillz and I should just quit showing off.

Dinner came in at 10 points.  With the leftover sausage and red beans and rice I made a mean soup – I added some chipotle peppers and for lunch today I plan on putting in some fresh chopped spinach – it will be spicy goodness. 😀

Check out this BBQ sauce that Suzie made – Whiskey Bourbon BBQ Sauce – it has bourbon AND cider vinegar – I am so making this!

Happy Friday – hope your work day goes by fast if you are working today.  Make it a great day!

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20 thoughts on “Quick Crusty Bread

  1. I think that bread looks pretty artisan tasty to me!! We’d better stop bragging about our weather on our blogs. All those folks who’ve moved to Florida might want to start moving back. Traffic is bad enough as it is!!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Have a great weekend.

    Best,
    Bonnie

  2. Love that you keep it real with the blurry pic! And that bread sounds seriously dangerous!

  3. “Gristle” is how that disgusting stuff is spelled and I don’t blame Hannah! I only know that because I am the butcher’s wife 😉

    Cool here today and showery but it’s clearing out so the weekend is looking good. I see some grilling in my future!

  4. that bread looks FANTASTIC! hasn’t the weather just been remarkable for Mid march in the midwest? a girl could get spoiled! haha

  5. That bread looks perfect! I want it toasted with tomato on top. Delicious. Your work lunches always look so darn pretty. I guess with the baby I never take time to make my food pretty any more 😉 Happy Friday!

  6. HAH! I love that photo – too funny! The fact that you have a food scale at work makes me ❤ you all the more! And I think this weekend I will be making this bread…I have several recipes on the brain, and this is straight to the top of the list! 🙂 Happy weekend, Biz!

  7. Yummy looking bread. nom, nom! I just got the 5-minute artisan pizza and foccacia book at the library, so I will probably be doing some pizza doughs this weekend if I get off the bike and in the kitchen 😀

  8. The bread looks great and easy too! Smoked sausage on the grill…love it! The blurry pic is too funny 😉 Thanks for the shout out! I checked out your recipe too and it also sounds yummilicious! 🙂

  9. I think the smell of baking bread is the best thing ever. I need to bake some asap!

  10. I love all things mustard and vinegar! I hope you and Tony have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Looks yummy! I love bread. Wish I could eat it more often, but stupid allergy. Ugh!

  12. I had to go lie down after that last picture lol 🙂

    I love bread so much that my ass sobs when I walk past a bakery. true story.

  13. Those look like the kielbasa we always eat and you aren’t kidding – so FREAKING good with that type of mustard [but 14.50 for a jar of mustard? Did someone drop the power that be at WS on his head to charge that? 3 bucks is just dandy tyvm.]

    Your bread looks good too, but are you adding more salt for taste or for the raise factor? A tablespoon, even spread out over 6 pieces [2 pieces per loaf], is pretty much RDA for a healthy adult for one day. I wonder if some herbs could flavor it?

    This has been a friendly notice from the salt police. heehee

  14. I love crusty bread! It will go well with wine and cheese for our date night tonight!

  15. Weighting For 50

    three magazines and one bill??? SCORE in the mailbox!!!! Have a fantastic weekend Vat. Love the photos. ALL the photos. 🙂

  16. Okay, I’ve been looking for a quick and fuss-free bread recipe that doesn’t require milk– you rock, Biz!!! I’m so making this tomorrow!

  17. LOL, loved this whole post, from the bread & sandwich, to sausage and mustard, to beautiful summer pictures, and a hilarious blurry pic!

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