You’ll have to try pretty hard to screw up this fantastically simple bread recipe.

Fresh Baked BreadFresh baked bread is fantastic for a number of our recipes. You can also get creative and enjoy it simply with a glass of red wine and some Manchego cheese, or use it for French toast, bruschetta, croutons – whatever you want really.


Tools

  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large bowl
  • sift
  • whisk
  • wooden spoon or sturdy rubber spatula
  • dutch oven (or oven-safe pot with tight lid)
  • cooling rack
  • oven mitts or thick tea towels

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unbleached flour (organic preferably)
  • 1 ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp yeast
  • 1½ cups of room temperature water


Method

PART ONE

  1. Sift flour into the bowl
  2. Add Yeast and Salt to flour, then whisk to mix
  3. Add Water slowly and mix as you pour
  4. Continue mixing until dough is smooth and sticky
  5. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let stand on counter for 12 to 18 hours, give or take (DO NOT put in the fridge)

PART TWO

  1. Place oven-safe pot into oven and heat to 450ºF (232ºC)
  2. Heavily flour a flat surface and your hands, then drop dough onto the flour (it’ll be sticky) and shape into a round; let it rest while your oven heats
  3. When oven and pot reach 450º, remove it and place your bread dough into pot, cover with lid and bake for 30 minutes
  4. After 30 minutes, remove lid and continue to bake for 15 minutes
  5. Remove everything from oven, take bread from pot and place on a cooling rack
  6. Let stand for at least 15 minutes – then cut open and enjoy!

Tips

*Make the dough for this the night before and place somewhere it can’t be seen. If everything goes well, get up early and throw it in the oven to surprise her (provided she wants to stay).

*Place a lightly dampened towel under your bowl to prevent slipping while mixing.

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