What I love about bread is that we’re constantly learning.
Let me introduce you to my friend Ali. She’s the creator of Alexandra’s Kitchen, mother of 4 totally adorable cutie pies, and author of Bread Toast Crumbs: Recipes for No-Knead Loaves and Meals to Savor Every Slice.
The book is just as fabulous as she is.
Ali’s story is based on her mother’s peasant bread which is an approachable, no-knead loaf that absolutely anyone can make.
The dough is made with instant yeast, so you can expect for it to rise pretty quickly when left in a warm spot. Then it’s shaped and divided between two buttered bowls (BUTTERED!) and left to rise again for a short amount of time. When ready to bake (and this is the cool part) the doughs are baked to golden perfection directly in their happy little bowls.
How fun is that?
But as scrumptious as it all sounds, her mother’s recipe was passed down with a catch.
She was forbidden to share it with anyone.
And so for many years, she didn’t. Ali kept it a secret.
Occasionally, the bread would make an appearance on her blog and naturally everyone wanted to know how to make it.
Following her mom’s orders, she told the readers they could find the recipe on the back of a bag of King Arthur Flour. But this wasn’t really the case.
Soon enough, her readers caught on and were too savvy to bite the bait. Ali couldn’t keep the secret for any longer!
The recipe was eventually published on her blog and it was received with great success. The creation of Bread Toast Crumbs followed and the rest of the story is delicious, peasant bread history.
I’m incredibly excited to share this recipe with you not only because I love bread, new methods, and fun techniques, but I’m inspired to support the work of a fellow bread baker and good friend.
So let’s make some peasant bread, shall we?