Wednesday, March 30, 2011


3 cups bread flour
1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
1/2 Tbsp salt
1 1/2 cups + 2 Tbsp tepid water

optional: oats, sesame seeds, olive oil on the outside or raisins, walnuts, figs etc.. mixed into the bread (it's fun to experiment!)

Mix all the ingredients in the morning or before bed. This should take about 3 minutes and leave you with a thick, shaggy dough. Cover with a towel or some plastic wrap and leave it in the warmest spot in your kitchen. It should get a 6 to 8-hour rise.

When you come home from work or get up in the morning, put some flour on your hands and flip the bread in the bowl (it's tricky, but possible!) Cover it again and let it sit/proof for about an hour, or however long you have.

Heat the oven to 450°F. Put a Dutch oven (or any oven safe pot with a lid like glass or ceramic)  in the oven to heat it up for 10 minutes. Take it out then drizzle some olive oil in the bottom then put the dough in the pot. You may have to pour it, pry it or just roll it in - the dough is very wet. Don't worry if it looks a mess. Drizzle with olive oil or sesame seeds or oats or nothing at all. Cover the pot with a lid and bake for 30 minutes or until it's sufficiently golden.

Let it rest for 15 min and voila! ho-made bread in your fucking hands.

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