This bread is absolutely delicious. Life-changing. Once you make it you’ll never go back to buying bread in a bag from a store.
You can make your own bread in just a few hours at home. I was led to believe that was only something famous French chefs and the good people at Panera were capable of. Until one day I found a bread recipe online that didn’t require a bread machine, any special know-how, and only uses a few ingredients. If you’re feeling apprehensive, I also wrote a blog on things to know before you bake bread.
I’ve experimented with several different recipes, some haven’t worked out, some have highly exceeded my expectations. Here is my favorite, basic recipe
3 cups flour
1 tsbp Kosher Salt (or 2 teaspoons table salt)
1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water
Hot water can kill your yeast. It’s a living thing that thrives where it’s warm, but will die if it’s too hot. Be nice to your yeast 🙂
Start by mixing your salt, flour and yeast in a large bowl. Add your water and mix together.
Now cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place (I like to put mine on top of the fridge) for 16-24 hours.
It will have risen and doubled in size. Now you want to preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
This bread is so good because it’s easy to make and the crust is perfectly crunchy. This happens by baking it in a covered dish. You can use an enamel cast iron pot, a casserole dish with a lid, basically anything big enough with a lid that can be baked at 450 degrees. I use a casserole dish with a lid. Put your dish of choice into the oven to preheat with the oven.
Now pour your dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a loaf. It’s going to be very sticky. After this, I put the dough onto parchment paper. It has to sit for 30 minutes or the bubbles in the yeast will smash and it won’t cook right in the oven.
After your 30 minutes is up, remove the hot dish, place your parchment and dough inside, cover with a lid and pop it back into the oven. Set a timer for 30 minutes. Use your 30 minutes to get ready to feel super proud of yourself. Get your phone or camera charged so you can document your masterpiece. Alert the media.
After the 30 minutes, remove the lid. Set your timer for 15 minutes. Then remove your masterpiece. I highly recommend that you wait until it is cool to cut into it. I can hardly wait to cut into mine, but it really does turn out a lot better. The steam and heat inside continues to cook for a while, and if you cut into it early the heat is released and your bread turns out gummy. I know it’s hard to wait.
Isn’t it beautiful? You’re pretty special.
This bread is awesome alone, with butter, with olives, making it into grilled cheese, making turkey and cheese sandwiches with, pretty much anything and everything.