If you really like fresh and crusty bread, then I have just the thing for you. I have seen this recipe popping up on some random food blogs and I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. It is surprisingly easy to make and so I won’t have any steps pictures for this. All you need is cast iron pot with a lid and you can make outstanding bread in no time, well the process is not that fast though but the result is simply amazing. I have been baked bread for some time now and this is by far the best approach for the novice baker and it will definitely beat everything that comes out from your bread machine, both taste and texture.
Anyway start by getting your dough ready as you do for any other bread, simply mix the flour, salt and yeast together and then add the water. Mix using a wooden spoon or spatula until it’s all incorporated, no need to over mix, it will look like a sticky mess. Cover up the bowl, let it rest outside on the counter for 12 to 18 hours. Sorry no bread for you the first day also make sure you don’t refrigerate either.
After so many hours the dough will rise and dough will become more consistent. Fire up your oven to 450° F / 230° C and preheat your cast iron too for a little bit. When the pot is hot get a lot of flour on your hands and shape your dough into a ball, then drop it into the pot. Put the lid on and bake for 30 minutes then remove the lid and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until it is nice and golden brown. If you want to go nuts and add herbs and other things to your dough you can definitely do so.
Now I made this bread several times and there is nothing that can go wrong. If yours does not look like my pictures in the end you need to give up baking…
Here’s another one …
…and check this out!
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp active dry yeast
- 1½ cups water (room temperature)
- In a big bowl mix flour, salt and yeast together. Pour water into the bowl and using a spatula mix it until it's all incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit on your counter for 12 to 18 hours.
- Preheat oven to 450° F / 230° C. Add your cast iron pot to the oven and heat it as well.
- Remove pot from oven and remove the lid from it.
- Flour your work surface really well and make sure you flour your hands really well. With your floured hands gently remove the dough from the mixing bowl and roughly shape it into a ball. Take the ball of dough and drop it into the heated pot. Cover the pot with the lid and place it back in the oven.
- Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, after which remove the lid and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.