I looove my sourdough and my starter is my baby but I will admit that it is pretty time consuming and temperamental when it comes to making bread with it. The humidity, room temperature and everything else always make a big difference when it comes to working with a starter and….well any baking in general.
This bread is a bit more resilient though, most likely because it is not starter based bread and uses instant yeast. I am not a snob when it comes to this because it truthfully does make amazing bread with very VERY little work and has a great crust. It raises easily and over night with no prompting and cooks in 40-45 minutes.
With winter here and soup needing some bread to dip in it, nothing is better then a crusty fresh loaf.
- 3 cups white bread flour (Plus more for dusting)
- 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 1/2 cup of room temp water
Mix together flour, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Slowly begin to stir in water. A thick, chunky dough is going to form. If it looks like it needs it to bind properly, add a tablespoon more water at a time. Cover with a silicone bowl cover or bees wax cloth (We try to avoid plastic wrap of all sorts in my house thank you!) and set aside for 12-18 hours. preferably over night. The dough should have doubled in size and look very loose.
When you are ready to bake, preheat oven at 450 degrees F with your cast iron dutch oven inside. You always want cast iron to be good and hot when you are baking with it. Its going to give it a more even heat and prevent dry spots in your bread. While that is heating, flour a surface and scrape your dough onto it. Its going to feel sticky but that’s fine! Remember with is a no knead bread so just form it into the shape you want and cover with a cloth again for 30 minutes.
Transfer onto silcone sheet (Or parchment paper) and carefully place within the dutch oven. Bake covered for 30 minutes before removeing the lid and baking for another 10-15 minutes.
When it is the desired golden brown pull bread out. Remember that you dont want to leave it in the dutch oven for too long. Its going to continue to bake because that sucker is hot!
Let rest for 30 minutes before slathering it with your fav butter, jam or whatever you like!