I've never made a loaf of bread from scratch unless you count my bread machine days 20 years ago. I don't even remember how that worked. Did you touch the dough? I don't think so. I think you just dumped the ingredients in the machine and at some point later you had bread. I don't recall it being very amazing bread and I no longer have the machine.
Dad's made some bread over the last few years since he started baking. Mixed results and no Oh Wow moments.
Did you see the picture above? This is Oh Wow bread!
Expect more of these loaves! Expect a multitude of varieties!
Expect that you will be delivering these to the neighbors when you come home for Christmas!
Expect that if the blogger who wrote about this bread accepts, Dad and I will be living with her by the time you come home for Christmas! So be sure to check in!
I did exactly what she did. I'm a rule follower, you know this.
Here's the recipe. Now go make this bread!
by the Simply So Good Blog
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water
Add the first three ingredients to a mixing bowl. Add the water and stir with a large spoon til all ingredients are incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and that's that for the next 12-18 hours! I've made this twice now, once right before I went to bed and then baked it for dinner the next day and once at around noon and baked it in the morning.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and then, with the lid on, put a cast iron Dutch oven in the oven for 30 minutes. While the pot is heating up, put your dough on a floured surface (I use a large silpat) and shape it into a ball. No kneading required! Take the pot out of the oven and drop the dough in. With the pot lid on, bake for 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake 15 minutes more. Take the bread out of the pot and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. That's it! Enjoy, it's delicious!!
P.S. I use a Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart in Dune that Dad and I bought at a Williams Sonoma Outlet store several years ago. I love it, it was worth every penny and more! Watch for sales, they do exist.