Recipe by Galley Wench
From Cook's Illustrated. This recipe is AMAZING, and sooo easy too! Time does not include Rising Time -- approximately 18 hours, and Cooling Time -- approximately 2 hours. Also makes wonderful whole wheat bread!
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting work surface (15 ounces) or 3 cups for whole wheat use 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fast rise yeast
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons sea salt
- 7 ounces room temperature water
- 3 ounces beer
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
Whole Wheat Only
- 2 tablespoons honey
Directions See How It's Made
- Whisk flour, yeast, and salt in large bowl. Add water, beer, and vinegar. Using rubber spatula, fold mixture, scraping up dry flour from bottom of bowl until shaggy ball forms.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 8 to 18 hours.
- Lay 12- by 18-inch sheet of parchment paper inside 10-inch skillet and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface and knead 10 to 15 times.
- Shape dough into ball by pulling edges into middle.
- Transfer dough, seam-side down, to parchment-lined skillet and spray surface of dough with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until dough has doubled in size and does not readily spring back when poked with finger, about 2 hours.
- About 30 minutes before baking, adjust oven rack to lowest position, place 6- to 8-quart heavy-bottomed Dutch oven (with lid) on rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly flour top of dough and, using razor blade or sharp knife, make one 6-inch-long, 1/2-inch-deep slit along top of dough.
- Carefully remove pot from oven and remove lid.
- Pick up dough by lifting parchment overhang and lower into pot (let any excess parchment hang over pot edge).
- Cover pot and place in oven.
- Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake covered for 30 minutes.
- Remove lid and continue to bake until loaf is deep brown and instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 200 degrees, 20 to 30 minutes longer.
- Carefully remove bread from pot; transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.