I made my first bread today in the APO and it came out great! Easy peasy recipe:
For 1kg dough:
- 600g flour (not wholegrain, a better all purpose flour)
- 390g warm water
- 12g salt
- 0,5g live yeast (or 0,17g dry yeast)
Prepare the dough:
- mix the yeast with 90g of the warm water
- mix the salt with the rest of the water (300g) and let it dissolve
- Add the salt water to a bowl. Then add the flour and at last add the yeast mix
- Do it like me and mix and knead it with your hands until the dough it elastic. This takes about 10 min by hand
- shape it to a ball, put it in a container and let it rest covered at room temperature (18-20°C in my case)
- After about 8 and 16h stretch an fold the dough a few times, form a ball again and let it rest covered again.
- After at least 20h and max about 30h you should bake the dough. If you want to wait longer, that’s not a problem. Just put the closed container in the fridge. It keeps usabel for about 7 days when you stretch and fold it daily.
- Put a cast iron skillet or a baking stone on a rack position 1
- Preheat the oven to 250°C, 100% steam, rear. After the oven reaches the temperature wait for at least 10 min (cast iron) or 30 min (baking stone) to get this to a real high temperature. You don’t need a timer as the oven counts up the time after reaching the set temperature.
- In the meantime, take out your dough and put it on a well floured counter top. do a last stretch an fold by folding the outside of the dough to the middle and get a tension on the under side. Then turn it around and push the dough on the under side to the middle to get more tension. (In German we call that “rund wirken” but I couldn’t find a translation for that)
- Let the dough rest until the oven is preheated.
- Take a very sharp knife or a razor blade and make 1 long straight cut about 1cm deep into the dough and shove it in the oven immediately. set the timer to 20min.
- Open the oven, rotate the bread to let the backside come to front, close it and turn the temperature down to 210°C with 0 steam. set the timer to 15min.
- Take the bread out and let it cool down completely on a rack.
This is a basic yeast bread recipe. I hope you’ll enjoy it just like me. APO bread yeah! And well, I’m convinced to keep the oven.