I love when the house is filled with the aroma of fresh bread. This recipe is so easy because you don't have to knead it. Just mix all the ingredients together until well combined and let rise until ready. I was searching for a rustic bread recipe and finally created my own that taste amazing and has all the qualities I wanted it to have. It looks rustic, it has a crunchy crust, and the inside is so soft and chewy. I made it for my mom and she absolutely loved it. Read on to learn how to make it. Enjoy!
What you need:
3 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water
Start by adding the yeast and the sugar into the water. Give the mixture and good stir and let sit for about five minutes or until the yeast activates and it bubbles up.
Mix the dry ingredients together.
Using a wooden spoon, mix the wet and dry mixtures together until well incorporated.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let rise for about 2-4 hours.
You will also need a dutch oven. If you don't have a dutch oven its ok. If you do have a dutch oven place it into the oven and pre-heat it to 450 degrees F. If you don't have a dutch oven then place a metal pan or a cast iron on the lowest rack in the oven and let preheat. (Do not use a glass pan)
Flour the counter surface generously and take out the dough using a spatula or a dough scraper.
Using the spatula fold it from the bottom bringing it to top and form a tight round ball. When the oven is done pre-heating, make slits in the dough and place the dough into the hot dutch oven and cover it with the lid or into any oven safe pan and place into the oven. Bake it for 30 minutes (keep the pan on the bottom rack it will be used for something else.)
If using a dutch oven, bake it for 30 minutes at 450 degrees F with the lid on and after 30 minutes take off the lid and bake for another 15 minutes. If using a regular pan bake it for 45 minutes in any oven safe pan, but pour cold ice water into the pan that has been pre-heating in the lower rack in the oven. The cold water will create steam and that will give the bread a nice crunchy crust. When it is done baking let it cool down and its ready to eat. Thanks for visiting my blog.