2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
Pinch of sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper
2 ½ – 3 Cups flour
3 – 4 Tablespoons olive oil
Step 1: Dissolve 2 Tablespoons yeast with a large pinch of sugar in a large bowl, until yeast gets foamy. (about 5 minutes)
Step 2: Add 2 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and a bit of fresh ground pepper. Beat with electric mixer on low, until well blended.
Step 3: Continue with mixer on low, while you gradually beat in 2 Cups all-purpose flour, until dough looks like small crumbs.
Step 4: Switch to dough hooks on your mixer and work in up to ½ Cup more flour, until a nice dough forms.
Step 5: Drizzle kneading board with 1 – 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Place dough on oil and hand knead dough, for approximately 7 – 10 minutes, until you have a beautiful ball of dough.
Step 6: Cover and let rise for 1 ½ - 2 hours. I prefer to use a clean linen towel, but you can use plastic wrap, a large bowl with lid or whatever you prefer.
Step 7: Punch down dough and let it rest for 3 – 5 minutes.
Step 8: Cut dough into 6 small balls. Using 3 balls at a time, roll into strips and braid into 2 loaves of bread.
Step 9: Cover and let rise for 30 – 45 minutes.
Step 10: Place loaves on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with a small amount of olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for approximately 30 minutes – until crust is a nice golden brown.
Makes 2 small loaves of bread.