In Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer, Ivy Culpepper keeps the ovens hot at Yeast of Eden, a Northern California bakery that specializes in traditional breads. This rustic Italian bread is the perfect companion for olive oil and vinegar, spaghetti, or even cheese—in fact, this easy-to-make, crusty bread would be the perfect partner for any dish!
- 2 cups of lukewarm water, approximately
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2½ teaspoons of active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Garnish: 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375º.
- In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup warm water (105º to 110º) and active dry yeast. Let mixture stand until mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and sugar. Add proofed yeast mixture to flour mixture. Mixture will be sticky.
- Next, add the additional cup of water, a little at a time, mixing until the dough comes together. You may not need all of the water. The dough should be slightly moist, but not sticky.
- Knead dough into a smooth ball; do not over-knead.
- Place dough in lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise until nearly doubled.
- Pound, then let rise a second time.
- Shape into an oval and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Brush dough with olive oil for a crusty finish. Garnish with sesame seeds and sea salt, if desired.
- Score bread at 45º-angle several times; bake at 375º for 30 minutes.
About Flour in the Attic
Ivy Culpepper keeps the ovens hot at Yeast of Eden, a Northern California bakery that specializes in traditional breads. But now she has to deal with a stone-cold killer . . .
Just as Ivy’s brother Billy is about to get engaged to his beloved, a tragedy interrupts the happy moment. The body of longtime Santa Sofia resident Marisol Ruiz washes up on the beach—and it’s even more heartbreaking since Marisol’s father also recently died. But Marisol was a strong competitive swimmer. It seems unlikely there’s even a grain of truth to the theory that she accidentally drowned.
As Ivy gets to work helping her mentor, Olaya Solis, with the catering for Marisol’s funeral, she also teams up with her partners in detection—because if they want to prevent someone from getting away with murder, there’s no time for loafing . . .
About the Author
The indefatigable Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher by day and a writer by night. Born in a beach town in California, she now lives in an inspiring century-old house in Colorado and loves being surrounded by real-life history. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with both yoga and chocolate, adores pumpkin spice lattes, is devoted to her five kids and husband, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams. Visit her online at WinnieArcher.com or on the social media platforms below.