I first heard about this “turbo bread” on the reddit cast iron sub-forum. Folks were raving about it.
I am not a big bread person. I can take it or leave it, and I typically leave it. But this bread looked so easy, and people thought it was great, so I had to give it a try.
‘Twas delicious. And easy!
The instructions are contained in detail in this very thorough youtube video from “artisanbreadwithsteve.”
I made very few changes to the recipe that Steve sets forth in his video. I added two tablespoons of agave nectar with the water to add a hint of sweetness, and I dusted with chia, instead of sesame, seeds.
- Scant 13 oz warm tap water
- 2 T agave nectar (or honey)
- 3-1/2 c. bread flour
- 1-1/4 t. active yeast (1 envelope)
- ¼ t. salt
- About 2 T chia seeds
- Preheat large glass bowl for 20 seconds in microwave.
- Mix 2 T agave nectar with scant 13 oz warm tap water. Pour into bowl. Add yeast and stir.
- Add 3-1/2 c. bread flour and salt. Stir until mixture forms a shaggy ball.
- Place dough ball in a warm draft-free area and let rest and rise for 1.5 hours.
- Pull and stretch dough using the handle of a wood spoon (see Steve’s video for details on how he does this).
- Cover with a lint free cloth and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray number 8 cast iron skillet with Pam.
- Roll ball in chia seeds and dust with flour (Steve’s video explains this better than I can).
- Roll dough into skillet.
- Bake about 40 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Let cool, remove from pan, slice, and ENJOY! I had mine with some homemade chicken noodle soup; delicious!