What is it about baking bread? Just makes me feel all house wifey and amazing and awesome and impressive. heh. And I love feeling like that. And for some reason, baking bread always intimidates me. I can make batch of cookies in my sleep but for some reason, trepidation comes when I think about making bread.
Bread as in loaf bread, like artisan bread, like rosemary bread, like dinner bread. Not, for instance, cornbread which we had every night for dinner in Mississippi. My paradigm informs me that you should have artisan bread for dinner every night. And now you can. With these four simple ingredients.
Three cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of yeast, 1 teaspoon salt, mix together and add 1 2/3 cup of 110 degree water. Mix it all together and boom. You’re done. Unless, of course, you’d like to add a teaspoon or two of rosemary, sage, garlic, you name it.
Cover it and forget about it. For 18 to 24 hours. I have never made it to 18 hours because I’ve always made it at 11:00 at night. And I want it for dinner the next day. So as far as I know, 16 hours works great.
This is what it looks like around 16 hours. Nice and bubbly. And pretty much like a lake. Which is slightly terrifying the first time you make it and are like, ‘how will this go into a ball?’
Now pour your lake onto the counter.
Right. So I don’t know much about bread and I really follow instructions with recipes I’ve never made so I folded it in half and tried to make it be a ball. Yeah. Didn’t happen. And I was terrified I was adding too much flour and working the dough way to much. After all, it’s called No-Knead Artisan Style Bread. So I called my mother-in-law. And said, ‘what in the world’. And she said to flour and work it until you can easily tuck into a ball.
So work it!
And work it some more!
Invite your friends over for a party to celebrate.
You can do it. Promise. And you will feel amazing. And if you don’t have a dutch oven, check out your local goodwill (that’s where mine is from) or Sams Club or Costco. Someone should have it.
So easy. So amazing. So empowering. Do it.
Betty C, over and out.