In my youth (that makes me sound so old), I was known for my bread making skills. Saturday mornings I’d be in the kitchen baking mini loafs in all different shapes and sizes. They looked oh so cute, but never lasted long since my siblings and parents would devour them before they were even cool.
During this time that my family moved to the US and I had other activities on a Saturday mornings; it was years until I attempted to make bread again, and it wasn’t a success. I’ve tried several different recipes, but all turn out the same: dense, heavy and unattractive. I gave up.
Until, last year while staying with Em’s in-laws I tasted the most delicious homemade bread that Maureen had made; it was crispy on the outside and soft in the inside…yum! I told her my sad tale, and she assured me that this particular bread recipe is fool prof; and I’m so happy to report it actually is the easiest, yummiest bread ever, and you all need to try it!
NO KNEAD BREAD RECIPE:
3 cups of flour
1/2 tea spoons of yeast
1 3/4 tea spoons of salt
1 1/2 cups of water (I always end up adding an extra 1/2 cup or so)
Mix all ingredients till combined. Cover with foil and let sit in a warm place for 12-18 hours. Preheat oven to 450 degrees when ready to bake. Place a cast iron pot (I use my Le Creuset) in the oven to warm for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, sprinkle flour over the dough and turn it over a couple of times until it forms a ball. Cover the dough with towel and leave for up to 2 hours, or until pot is heated. Then place the dough in pot.
Bake with lid on at 450 degrees for 30 mintues, then remove lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes. The bread should sound hollow when tapped.
This is the basic recipe, and it’s been fun to mix in different ingredients to mix things up. Our favorite has been finely chopped fresh rosemary. I also like to dust the pan with corn meal to prevent getting too crispy on the bottom.
I hope you bake this bread and let me know how you like it, I’m fully converted and now laugh at the price of this style bread in the stores. $4 I don’t think so…it’s basically flour and water and costs under 50 cents ha ha haaa!