Easiest, Yummiest Bread Ever

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!



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!

10 Responses to “Easiest, Yummiest Bread Ever”

  1. LB Says:

    There is nothing like homemade bread! Thanks for sharing your new recipe!! Cheers!

  2. Bri Says:

    mmmmm…..Sam will love this. Thanks Sarah!

  3. Emili Says:

    I made this bread the day it was posted! My family loved it! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  4. Brittany @ The Aubergine Notebook Says:

    looks divine!!

  5. john Says:

    As soon as the fall days come and heating up the kitchen is no longer a problem – the baker will put on his hat, I’m looking forward to it. Thinking I may as well make two loaves at the same time – one of which is sure to be like that apricot you used to make Sarah.

  6. Michelle Says:

    Girls… Love love love this! Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well :)

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  8. Wanna be a bread girl! Says:

    Wow, this looks yummy! I’ve never made bread like this before but would love to try. (It’s that photo with the jam…I can’t resist!)

    I’m a bit confused by the TIMING of the instructions and hope you can clarify:

    -the dough sits and does its thing for 12-18 hours
    -when I’m ready to bake I turn on my oven to preheat
    -I put my Le Creuset into the oven to get warm for 30 minutes
    -as that dish is warming, I do more things to the dough (turning it over and forming a ball)
    -then I cover the ball and set it aside for up to 2 hours.

    And meanwhile my Le Creuset sits in the oven, empty, heating for two hours? So not 30 minutes then? How do I know when to put the dough into the pot (which will then go back into the oven for 30 + 15)? Is the key thing here TEMPERATURE of pot or TIME for dough to ‘do’ stuff before it gets heated?

    Confused! Please help me have my first bread success!

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