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Kind of disappointing because I love winter. And, the whole idea of hunkering down, indoors, with a good book, a great movie or marvelous aromas wafting from the kitchen. Just something about a cold, snowy day that inspires a yummy homemade bread.
Been baking this bread for a few months, now - to rave reviews from family and friends - and thought you might like to try it, too. It's a no-fuss process that requires about 3 minutes of your attention.
The Lazy Girl's Artisan Bread
- 3 cups of bread flour (3 cups of flour = a 1 pound loaf of bread.)
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 1 + 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 + 1/2 cups warm water
|* Resist the temptation to add more water; the dough will look a little dry.|
Leave your bowl on the kitchen counter for several hours.
* I combine the ingredients in the morning and bake it for dinner.
If you've been on this blog before, you're probably aware that I never have any of the necessary utensils.
* Saran Wrap works much better than my ill-fitting lid.
* AND, this recipe is ideal for a Le Creuset Dutch Oven ~ should you be so fortunate as to own one. I use my Lodge Dutch Oven.
|Don't be as lazy as me. Go buy some Saran Wrap. :)|
Bake that Lovely Loaf:
- Preheat the oven to a whopping 450 degrees.
- Put your empty dutch oven pan in the oven while it preheats. Yup. It's gonna be really hot.
* I use a cooking spray on my Lodge Dutch Oven - you may not need to for the Le Creuset.
Once the oven is preheated, place your dough in the very hot dutch oven and, put the lid on it.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Take the lid off and bake for 15-30 minutes more. Until it's a scrumptious golden brown.
- Once the lid is off, I spray the loaf with an olive oil cooking spray to make it super crusty. You could opt for an egg white/water wash, if you prefer.
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A most amazing artisan bread that rivals anything you could purchase at a bakery. It requires very little work -- other than the fact that you'll have to bake one every other day. It's so yummy it disappears quite quickly. :)
PS: This has been adapted from the no-knead bread recipes that have been flitting about the internet.
PPS: Pray for snow.