Crusty Bread

This is not my recipe, though this is the go to bread recipe for our family.  Janet, at SimplySoGood.com, was kind enough to post this recipe a few years ago and I have been using it since.   She and I have the same notions… our kids should be able to find and cook the recipes they grew up enjoying and love.

I use this recipe to make it in the traditional crusty bread form using a dutch oven and also as an Italian or French style bread just shaped into loaves and baked on a cookie sheet.

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Crusty Bread
Course Breads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 12-18 hours
Servings
1 loaf
Ingredients
Course Breads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 12-18 hours
Servings
1 loaf
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.
  2. Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 – 18 hours. Overnight works great.
  4. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.
  8. Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.
  9. Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.
  10. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  11. Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.

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