If you forgot to grab that loaf of crusty bread at the store, no worries; you can have homemade Quick Crusty Dinner Bread in about an hour with this recipe!
This recipe for Quick Crusty Dinner Bread is just about as delicious as fresh homemade bread can get! My family absolutely gobbles it up. I should rename it “the amazing disappearing bread” because if I turn my back for a moment, chunks start to disappear as it sits on the cooling rack. I know these pics are sad- it’s because I can never get good photos taken before it’s eaten. 100% serious here.
Quick Crusty Dinner Bread is a very simple bread recipe. What makes it quick is a handy dandy KitchenAid stand mixer and Rapid-Rise Yeast. Oh, I can’t say enough amazing things about rapid-rise yeast! I have a bulk bag in my fridge at all times. A total pantry staple I couldn’t live without. It works three times as fast as traditional yeast, and I don’t ever bother proofing it. It is to be added to the dry ingredients instead of the wet. It’s activated when it contacts very warm water, 125 degree water to be exact. Use a thermometer to properly measure your liquid temp. Rapid-rise yeast thrives on these hotter than normal temperatures. When you put the dough in a warm oven to rise, WATCH THIS BREAD CLOSELY! Don’t let it rise any bigger than double its’ size, or it will deflate when you cut your little slits into the top! (Ask me how I know…)
This Quick Crusty Dinner Bread recipe is basically the same as my recipe for Quick Bread Bowls, only I leave it in one loaf instead of three. Also, if you have it, fresh or dried rosemary is a delicious addition to this bread. Knead in a tablespoon of freshly minced, or a teaspoon of dried, to the dough.
Aahhhh, watch out it’s the blob! Hahaha :0) I took this pic when I stopped the machine to scrape down the dough from the hook and didn’t realize how ‘blobby looking’ it was. I just wanted to show you what the dough looks like when it starts coming together. If you don’t have a stand mixer, simply stir 2 and 1/2 cups of the flour mixture and water in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until it comes together in a sticky mass. Dump it out onto a well floured surface and knead in the last 1/2 cup flour by hand. Then just proceed with the rest of the recipe as written. Easy Peasy! You will seriously love, love LOVE this bread. It has made all the difference in so many meals. Enjoy!