|Dutch Oven Bread - So Simple!|
So when I found this recipe a couple of years ago I was dubious. I have been baking my own bread (admittedly sporadically) for several years now and, though I know I still have lots to learn, I felt I had a pretty good handle on the basics of bread making. And this recipe did not look like it had a chance to work. But after stumbling upon it a few more times in various places I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a try.
It worked. Beautifully. It actually worked beautifully the first time. And then I tried it again and it worked beautifully the second time too. And the third. And so on.
This bread is crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. It makes a good serve-with-dinner bread or an even better serve-with-soup or stew bread.
For ingredients you will need:
3 cups flour
1 3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon yeast
For equipment you will need:
One large bowl for the dough to rise in
One Dutch Oven
Plastic wrap for the top of the bowl
A big spoon. One of those spoon-ulas (half spoon, half rubber bowl scraper spatula thingees) works best.
|My Cast Iron Dutch Oven|
|Four simple ingredients!|
|Ingredients before mixing|
|All Mixed Up|
|Ready to set on the counter all night|
|After sitting on counter about 14 hours|
While the Dutch Oven heats up, turn the dough out onto a heavily floured surface and with heavily floured hands shape into a ball.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let set covered on the counter for 30 minutes.
Remove Dutch Oven from the oven, remove the lid and carefully put dough into Dutch Oven, recover with lid and put Dutch Oven back into the 450 degree oven for 30 minutes. Be careful! The Dutch oven is 450 degrees and so is the lid.
|Ready to Cook|
|After 30 minutes with lid on|
After the 15 minutes are up, remove the Dutch Oven from the oven, remove the bread from the Dutch Oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
|All done! Ready to cool on wire rack.|
So after I made this awesome bread it was time to cook dinner. What could I do with a very hot Dutch Oven? Apparently lots of things. Scroll down to my next post to see The Dinner After.
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