Well, as quick as is possible when dealing with yeast bread: from the mixing bowl to the table in 2 hours!
From the King Arthur Flour blog comes this simple recipe for a quick yeast bread. All the ingredients are mixed at once in a single bowl, and the bread only rises once. The article mentions that using extra yeast to hurry things along compromises the flavor a bit, but you can’t prove it by us!
Good Bread, Quickly
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) warm water
3 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces) olive oil (plus additional for drizzling)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 cups (14 ¾ ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon instant yeast
pizza seasoning, optional. we use Penzeys Buttermilk spice mix.
1) Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan, and drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil in the bottom.
2) Combine all of the ingredients, and beat at high speed with an electric mixer for 60 seconds.
3) Scoop the sticky batter into the prepared pan and spread it out, cover the pan and let it rise at room temperature for 60 minutes, till it’s become puffy.
4) Preheat the oven to 375°F.
5) Drizzle it lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle with pizza seasoning, and/or the dried herbs of your choice, if desired. We used Penzeys Buttermilk spice mix.
6) Bake the bread till it’s golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
7) Remove it from the oven, wait 5 minutes, then turn it out of the pan onto a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
To make cheese-stuffed bread: Add 1 cup crumbled feta cheese to the dough after it’s been kneaded for 60 seconds.