This is hands down the best bread i have ever made and the easiest. No kneading involved.
8 hour bread [or over night]
3 cups Bread flour
1/2 tsp Yeast
1 3/4 tsp Salt
1 1/2 cups Water
1 Cast Iron Pot
I make this dough the night before or first thing in the morning if i forget, it needs a long rise time.
Mix everything in a large bowl to form a shaggy dough using a wooden spoon. Only mix till just combined.
Leave in bowl and cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap. If using a tea towel the dough will get dry bits on top, that does not matter as it will not effect the bread.
You must use a cast iron pot for this bread as anything else will not produce such a fine loaf.
The next day or that afternoon depending on when you started the dough, pre heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius, place your pot with the lid on in the oven, on the middle shelf. set your timer for 30 mins.
Put a little flour onto your bench and scoop out the dough with your hand. Fold it under its self to form a smooth ball and leave on the bench.
When the timer goes off place your dough in the pot and put the lid back on. No need for oil or flour on the bottom of your pot. Set the timer for 30 mins again, make a cuppa and read a magazine or in my case a little crocheting.
When the timer goes off remove the lid and set the timer for another 15 mins.
This is what you end up with, a light airy middle with a crusty out side.
MMMM warm bread with lashings of butter.
Added Friday- Yesterday i made my bread and when the last timer went off i heard it but it didnt register in my brain as i was working on something else and as a result it was in the oven another 15 or 20 mins. Well it was very crusty and brown, Mr GoingGreen was using a sawing technique to cut it up and i think the chain saw was mentioned but after all that it was still a wonderful loaf of bread. Mr GoingGreen and son #2 really enjoyed the crust.
So i have to say this is still hands down the best bread i have ever made.
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