If you are looking for a DELICIOUS and easy home made bread recipe, search no more. This is it! I have made this bread countless times over the last year and it is AMAZING. And, it’s so cheap to make, too!
Ingredients you will need:
- 3 Cups All-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
- 1 1/2 Cups Water (slightly warmer than room temperature)
Mix the flour, salt and yeast together in a bowl. It’s very important you do this prior to adding water.
When the dry ingredients are combined, add the water, and mix with a fork or spatula until it’s all mixed together well. It will be sticky!
Add plastic wrap over the top of the bowl, and let sit on your counter for 12-18 hours. It will rise during this time!
I actually made 2 batches, so I had a bowl for each one.
I let it sit for 17.5 hours. It rose quite a bit by the next morning!
Next, place your cast iron pot in the oven, and preheat both to 450º. Do NOT add the dough yet!
While your oven and pot are being preheated, flour your work surface and hands really well. (I like to place aluminum foil on my counter for easy clean up). Form the dough into a ball. Don’t knead it, just form it with your hands into a ball.
Once your oven and cast iron pot are both preheated to 450º, remove them carefully from the oven and remove the lid.
Pick up your ball of dough and drop it into the pot. Make sure the ball of dough is floured all around – you will NOT need to grease your pot.
Place the lid back on, and place it back in your oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes are up, remove the lid from the pot, and bake for another 15 minutes. This will give your bread a crispy crust!
After the 15 minutes are up, carefully remove the pot from the oven.
If you are like me, you will oooh and ahhh over it’s beauty. Seriously. A loaf of hand made, fresh bread has never looked so beautiful.
What does the inside look like? It’s a dense bread with lots of “nooks and crannies”.
Quite honestly, this bread is perfection.
We IMMEDIATELY sliced ourselves a slice and buttered them. You know what? This is the BEST BREAD I’VE EVER TASTED. Chris’s words were, “you really out-did yourself this time, babe!” haha! It’s a thick, dense bread, and it is SO crispy on the outside – ALL the way around, and very soft on the inside.
I FINALLY have found a home made bread that knocks my socks off. A bread that is post-worthy! And it’s SO EASY!
We go through a lot of bread in our house. Sandwiches, french toast, grilled cheese, BLT’s, toast, etc – do you know how much bread is?! We pay $2.68 for a tiny loaf of white sliced bread at the store!
This bread comes out to about 30¢ a loaf. And sorry, but there is NO comparison.
Remember when I said I made 2 loaves? This is how my 2nd one came out:
And, I already have another batch of dough rising on the counter to make a 3rd loaf for tomorrow. I’m going to slice them up and freeze them! I will never buy store bought bread again!
Oh, and a special thanks to my mom for letting me “borrow” this cast iron pot. And by “borrow”, I mean “give”. I don’t think she’ll ever see this pot again. LOL!
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