Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fresh, Crusty, Homemade Bread

The Food Network is one of my favorite channels available through my over-priced cable company.  While I don't make half the dishes I see prepared on there, I'm intrigued by the various gadgets used to prepare the meals...especially a dutch oven/cast iron pot, which is just a pot with a lid that can go in the oven or be used on the stove. 

There are many types of dutch ovens out there at various prices:
Le Creuset
Food Network
Amazon always has great deals

I've always wanted to make my own bread, but have been skeptical due to having to follow the recipe and knead the dough properly and then having patience while the dough rises.  I decided to search Pinterest for an easy dutch oven bread recipe that does not require any kneading.

The following recipe is from Jo Cooks, a blog I found through Pinterest.  Let me just say that I won't be buying fancy expensive bread at the grocery store anymore.  This was so easy and delicious.

No Knead Dutch Oven Crusty Bread
This is a picture of my masterpiece.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry active yeast
1 1/2 cups water at room temperature

1.  Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. 
2.  Pour the water into the bowl and mix until well incorporated.
3.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave on the counter for 12-18 hours.
4.  Pre-heat the oven to 450 F degrees.  Place the dutch oven/cast iron pot in the oven while the oven 
     is preheating
5.  Remove the pot from the oven and remove the lid.  Sprinkle some flour on the bottom of the pot.
6.  Flour your hands really well and sprinkle some flour on the dough. 
7.  Gently remove the dough from the bowl and shape into a ball.  
8.  Place the dough ball in the pot, cover it with the lid and place it back in the oven.
9.  Cook 30 minutes with the lid on, remove the lid and cook an additional 15-20 minutes.
10.  Remove cooked bread from the pot and let it cool.

If you try this or any other easy bread recipe, please share your thoughts/recipe in the comments.

Have a great week,

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