This winter has not been kind to our family! I feel like we have all taken turns being sick since New Year’s Eve!
Looking on the bright side, spending so much time indoors I did learn how to make a loaf of bread that is super easy and absolutely delicious!!!! It is even easier than using the bread machine! I know I didn’t think it was possible, but I was wrong!
Here is what you need…
4 Cups of Unbleached Flour
2 Cups of Hot (not boiling) Water
1/4 tsp Rapid Rise Yeast
2 tsp Salt
1 Large Mixing Bowl
1 Enameled Dutch Oven
Mix the hot water and yeast together in a large mixing bowl. Then add the salt and slowly add the flour mixing as you go along. You may need to add a bit more flour if the dough still looks wet. Do not over mix or knead. You only need to mix until the ingredients are combined. Once everything is all mixed cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit on your counter for about 12 hours. If it sits out any longer than 15 hours it falls flat, and you want your bread to look light and fluffy!
Dough is rising while you go about your day. I usually make the dough after dinner and then cook it in the morning.
Place your uncovered Dutch Oven into the oven as you preheat it to 450 degrees. Once the oven is preheated grab some oven mitts and pull your Dutch Oven out of the oven and spray it with some oil spray. Then grab your dough and plop it into the Dutch Oven, put the cover on it, and place the Dutch Oven back into the oven cook covered for 20-30 minutes. You want the loaf to look cooked, but not browned. Then uncover the Dutch Oven and cook until your loaf looks golden and crisp.
We don’t even buy bread at the market anymore! This loaf is great for sandwiches, toast, or eaten just the way it is!