Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread

11 Jul

I’ve always been terrified of making bread. Well, actually, I’ve been terrified of making anything that requires yeast. The whole rising process is very intimidating to me. I guess I am afraid of investing so much time into something and then have it fail. But last week I decided to overcome my fears and give breadmaking a whirl. And you know what? Aside from the bread being a little salty (I was a little heavy-handed on the salt but have adjusted the recipe below accordingly), I was really impressed with how well my bread turned out and I am looking forward to making it again!

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups luke-warm water
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dry active yeast

First, I combined all of the dry ingredients and mixed them well. Then I gradually added the warm water, stirring everything together with a wooden spoon. Be careful not to overwork the dough. The dough will look wet and messy.

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Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it sit on the counter overnight (8-24 hours). Your dough will end up looking puffy and bubbly.

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When you are ready to bake the bread, pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and shape it into a ball. The dough will still be sticky so be sure to use lots of flour on the surface and on your hands. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rest.

While the dough is resting, put a ceramic dutch oven with a lid into the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

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After the 30 minutes, carefully remove the dutch oven and with floured hands place the dough call into it. Replace the lid and bake for 30 minutes covered.

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Your bread will look like this after 30 minutes.

 

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Continue to bake the bread uncovered in the dutch oven for an additional 7-15 minutes to crisp and brown the top. And voila! There you have it. Perfectly crusty artisan bread. Tell me that doesn’t look delicious!

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