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This is a great way to make bread! I make this bread at least once a week in my cast iron dutch oven. (Don't use Le Creuset - the plastic knob will melt.) I have changed the recipe slightly. I use 3 cups bread flour, 2 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp active dry yeast, and 1 1/2 cups warm filtered water.
After seeing a demo of this method on YouTube, I have to admit I was skeptical, but decided to give it a try. So glad I did! Amazing bread and technique. And only 1/4 teas. yeast!! Very crusty outside and dense, moist inside. And hardly any work (i.e. kneading :) ) I mixed it up just before bedtime and put it on a table near a radiator, and it was doubled by morning. Thanks for a new favorite bread! Made for Spring 2011 PAC.
As others have said, this is really easy to make, & we thoroughly enjoyed it! I like its rustic looks, too, & love the taste! In fact, I made it several times & 1 loaf, crust & all, was then used to make a pumpkin bread pudding! A great keeper of a recipe, for sure! [Made & reviewed during this Spring's Pick A Chef event]
this is such a good recipe!! i love it!! it is simple and easy 2 make. u can make it in a snap! thanks for posting it!