Wonderful, Glorious Bread!


Now I remember why I don’t bake bread too often… My husband and I end up eating almost the entire loaf! I have a huge problem with bread–I love it too much and it is bad for my own good. Bad bread, go away! Gooood bread, lovely, warm, inviting, soft, crusty, smells so damn great bread! Terrible bread! Well, now that I have that all out of my system, we can proceed 🙂 Last week I found another use for my beautiful red Dutch oven–I baked bread in it. This recipe is super easy and all it requires is the will and patience to wait.

Take a bowl and put in 3 cups of all purpose flour, 1 3/4 tsp salt,  and 1 tsp active dry yeast . Grab a spatula, pour 1 1/2 cups of room temperature water into the bowl and mix away until incorporated. Cover it with a plastic wrap–I put a towel over the wrap  because I like surprises and wanted to peek at the risen dough the next day 🙂 Leave it on the counter. That’s it! Now, walk away, go on with your life and only visit the bowl again in 12 to 18 hours. I left mine very close to 18 hours.

About 18 hours later… 

Before you pop the dough in the oven, preheat it to 450 degrees F and put the Dutch oven in the oven–hahaha oven in the oven–so that it is also at the same temperature. I let it preheat for 10 minutes. Take the Dutch oven out.

The dough is going to be sticky so put some flour on your hands and flour your work area. Shape it into a ball while it is on the work area as it is blob-like and will not hold together in the shape of an actual ball. Am I making sense? Just take it and plop it into a Dutch oven lined with parchment paper. I oiled the parchment paper just a tad.
In it goes like so. If you don’t have a Dutch oven, don’t despair! Just use a baking sheet or a cast iron skillet.

Put the lid on and stick it into the oven for 30 minutes. Hypnotized by the wonderful aroma, make your way to the oven and remove the lid and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. I left mine for 15 and it was nice and golden brown on top.

I was salivating and looking at it hungrily..like I am doing right now. Go on, give it a knock with your knuckles and see bow nice and crusty it is. You know you want to.
Well, ya saw the top of the bread, now I have to ya have to see the bottom.

I rarely let bread cool down after I take it out of the oven. I waited maybe 5 or so minutes then I sliced it and a smile spread across my face and it was exciting!

Ahhhhh, cats were meowing, songs were playing, people were cheering…all is right with the world! Look at that holey bread 🙂
A simple spread and you are ready to sink your teeth into a tasty meal. Notice the hummus with chickpeas on top to the left? That recipe is coming up next. 
A little savory.. cheese and hummus.
A little sweet..  you cannot bake bread and not butter and honey it up, you just can’t, it’s not right!

Recipe taken from Jo Cooks

Bake this now–I implore you! Cheese it up, butter it up, honey it up! Gobble it all up!

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