I'm going to start this off by saying I am not a baker.
I am low-maintenance when in the kitchen and really have a hard time following the formula or recipe. But for years I've wanted to learn how to make my own bread from a few simple ingredients, because I knew that not only would it be better for me, but it would be cost effective and amazing to have the house smell like fresh bread!!
I don't know how to knead. I don't own a bread machine. And I don't have a lot of time to prepare a bread dough. The one essential tool for this recipe though is a dutch oven.
My cast iron skillet never leaves my stovetop, so I was easily convinced to buy this Dutch Oven. This no knead, hassle-free bread recipe is something I love sharing with friends when they come over. As there are hardly ever any leftovers of this bread...
No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread
(modified from Jim Lahey)
One 1 1/2-pound loaf
Total Time: 13 hrs (12hrs resting;
1 hour baking)
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon instant yeast
2 cups Water (approx 110 degrees F)
1 Parchment Sheet
In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 2 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.