Facebook is a wonderful source for finding new recipes these days.
I found this recipe for Artisan Bread at It's Always Autumn which was posted on Facebook the other day and decided to give it a try.
I also found a very similar recipe in my Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day cookbook.
This was the easiest recipe for bread I think I've ever made. It's right up there with my Homemade French Bread which only takes an hour and yields three loaves of bread.
I love that this bread is super crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, just like sourdough but doesn't have the sourdough taste, which some people (hubby) don't like.
Here's what you need:
3 cups flour, all purpose, unbleached
1 tsp. table salt
1/2 tsp. yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water
In a bowl stir the flour, salt, and yeast together.
Add water and stir until combined. The dough with be really shaggy.
Cover with plastic wrap and set at room temperature for 8 - 24 hours. I made this at 8 am and waited about 9 hours and it was perfect.
Turn the dough out onto a well floured piece of parchment paper and form into a ball or log, depending on the shape you want. Let rest for 30 minutes.
While you're waiting for the dough to rest preheat the oven with the baking dish you are going to use inside the oven. I use my Le Creuset Dutch oven and lid.
Cut an X in the top of the loaf using a very sharp knife or razor.
Place the dough into the HOT pan, carefully, and place the lid on top.
Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on then remove the lid and continue baking for an additional 10 - 15 minutes or until golden brown and done.
Cool 10 minutes before slicing.
Mmmm mmmm Fresh bread out of the oven......
Serves - 1 Loaf
Here's the handy printable - Artisan Bread