I found a recipe that sounded too good to be true, so I gave it a try. The catch? There's not one. It's only 4 ingredients (of which you probably already have). It takes little work & you know exactly what's in it! Have you seen the ingredient list on the store bought bread packages? It's like a mile long. This has got 4. And it's so much fresher & tastier y'all.
Tip! Prepare the dough in the evening because it has to sit for at least 12 hours. So whip it together while you are making dinner, & then forget about it until the morning.
In a large mixing bowl combine 3 cups of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of yeast, 1.5 teaspoons of salt & 1.5 cups of water. Quickly mix it all up with a spoon, put saran wrap over the top & let it do it's rising thing for at least 12 hours.
When you are ready to bake this deliciousness in the morning, set a ceramic dutch oven (with the lid on it) in your oven & heat to 515. *Yes, I know that is ridiculously hot. Some ovens don't even go up that high! I did multiple tests & found that heating to just 480-490 still produced great results!! If your's doesn't go up that high, it can't hurt to try it at it's highest setting. You might just have to tweak the time you bake it longer. :)
|..but don't forget the lid :)|
When the oven is ready, carefully take the lid off the dutch oven, dump the dough in & replace the lid. Slide the dutch oven back inside your oven & set the timer for 30 minutes.
It will definitely need time to cool down, but use that time to admire the beautiful loaf of bread you just made during that time :) It will be golden brown, with a crunchy outer crust baked to perfection!!
Fresh bread really needs to be eaten within 2-3 days of baking, so don't wait too long to use it all! My husband loved it, and I love knowing exactly what's in it. You can really spice things up too. Add cinnamon/raisin, orange zest/cranberries, poppyseed/garlic...endless possibilities! Try it with whole wheat flour, or a mix of whatever you have on hand!
3 Cups flour
1/4 teaspoon yeast
1.5 teaspoons salt
1.5 cup water
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Cover with saran wrap and let it sit for at least 12 hours. Place a dutch oven (with lid) into an oven and heat to 515 degrees. While the oven is heating, scrape the dough into a bowl that has been coated with cooking oil spray & rotate dough around in bowl until all sides & the bottom of the dough has been coated with spray. Lightly spray the top. Dump the dough into the dutch oven, replace lid & bake for 30 minutes. Let cool. Eat within 2-3 days.