Time for another post from the old blog to move over to this new blog. I figured with COVID-19 social distancing and the madness that is happening at the grocery stores that an easy to make bread recipe would be a good fit to be the next post to move. I figure as long as you can make bread and have some sandwich basics on hand you can put off a trip to the grocery store for just one more day.
This is really the easiest bread to make, no special equipment (other than an oven safe pot) and no special ingredients are required. There’s good chance you have everything you need to make this in your pantry right now. What could be more comforting during this crazy time than a warm, homemade loaf of bread in the morning?
Here’s what you need:
3 cups of flour
1 3/4 teaspoons of sea salt (I used the kosher salt that we have on hand for pretty much everything)
1/2 teaspoon of yeast
1.5 cups of water
1 dutch oven or other over safe pot.
Step One: Mix the flour, salt and yeast.
Step Two: Add the water and mix it all together. It’s one sticky mess. But that is ok, because all you do next is cover with plastic wrap and let it sit on your counter for 12-18 hours.
Step Three: Go to bed and get some sleep!
Step Four: Wake up and pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees. When it is at 450 put the pot in to heat up for half an hour.
Step Five: Turn the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface. I used the silpat mat sprinkled with flour. Form into a ball.
Step Six: Place the dough into the pot and put back into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Step Seven (for a lighter loaf of bread): Take the lid off the pot and let the bread bake for another 15 – 20 minutes.
After I put it in the pot I wondered if I should have sprayed the pot, but no, turns out that isn’t needed! The bread came out fantastic and did not stick to the sides.
Notes: Letting the bread bake for another 15 or 20minutes without the lid really helps the overall bake of the bread and produces a fluffier, lighter bread.
What did I say?! Simple and easy. Because it takes some time it’s perfect for self-isolation and social distancing or just for lazy weekends after life returns to normal!