Bread baking is an art, a weekly ritual of satisfying one’s senses.
Found below is the easiest, foolproof, no-knead bread recipe that is ancient and very forgiving.
It only takes four simple ingredients and a hot oven to make this incredible light, crusty artisan bread.
You simply mix it ….. don’t knead it, cover it and set it aside for 6 to 18 hours …. very forgiving.
The technique to a crusty crust is infusing moisture (steam) into the hot oven space. This is often difficult to do in a typical oven/ range.
A trick I’ve learned for crusty bread is to bake the dough in a heavy domed dutch oven. The moisture in the dough and high temperature within the closed container creates the steam needed for an extremely crispy crust. Preheat the oven, dutch oven with cover set at 475 degree F. Just prior to placing dough in the dutch oven, sprinkle corn meal on the bottom of the dutch oven.
Four Ingredient Artisan No-Knead Bread
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon yeast
11/3 – 11/2 cups warm water
Directions: Mix flour, salt and yeast a in medium bowl. Add warm water and mix all ingredients until sticky. Cover bowl with plastic film and set aside for up to 18 hours. Preheat oven with covered dutch oven to 475 degrees F. Plop dough ball on floured board and flatten. Fold each side of flat dough into center to form dough round. Flip dough round over on board. When oven is hot, quickly open door and remove dutch oven cover. Sprinkle corn meal onto dutch oven bottom. Plop dough round onto center of dutch oven. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 20 minutes more. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before devouring. For a nice variation add 1/4 cup garlic clove slices into the dough and bake a roasted garlic loaf.