Wow, wow and WOW!! Is this bread ever tasty! The crunch on the exterior is amazing, and then you bite into it and it is soft and chewy on the interior. It is hard to believe it is SO easy to make this bread. It truly does taste like it was made be a professional bread baker! I recently ate dinner at a restaurant and the crust was chewy and hard to bite into...they need this recipe! lol
Crusty Bread from Simplysogood.blogspot.com
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1¾ tsp salt
½ tsp yeast
1½ cups water
DO NOT OIL OR SPRAY PAN. This bread will NOT stick!! In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.
Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours. This is a MUST. Overnight works great.
My next loaf will be fresh rosemary, garlic & parmesan.
Here are some variations that the blog owner has made: Pepper jack cheese, Jalapeno cheddar, Raisin walnut cinnamon, Pumpkin sunflower poppy seed, Sharp cheddar, Rosemary lemon Gruyere, Lemon thyme Asiago, Asiago, Mixed herb with rosemary, chives and thyme and plain. She experimented using wheat flour and said that whole wheat was WAY too heavy…even with she used just 1 cup of wheat flour. Said it was okay but not great. She uses a 5.5 quart enamel cast iron pot. This size is perfect. She also uses an oval pot that is about 7.5-8 quarts. She was also told that ceramic deep dishes work well. I have been using my Pampered Chef Deep Dish Roaster with the Cover. I was surprised to find the bread pops right out and does not stick!!!