we are baking all of our bread for several months now, probably more than half a year, and we always look for new methods, types of breads and tastes. it was quiet a journey for our first tries about a year ago to good edible bread, mainly because we had no one to teach us, I guess except for youtube and Pinterest. But i think with a good recipe you can have success from the beginning. Some days ago we stumbled upon this bread recipe by Jim Lahey at the sullivan street bakery on a blog/pinterest and we just had to give it a try. Just look at the crust and how easy it is and you will understand why.
I think this is an amazing bread for beginners as it involves almost no work and there is nothing you can do wrong. So give it a try! here is how it works:
You will need a cast iron pot with a lid that has no plastic on it or where the plastic parts are removable. A bowl, a kitchen towel and of course an oven.
- 3 cups of flour
- 1/4 teaspoon of instant yeast
- 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- some extra flour or wheat bran
- put the flour, salt and yeast in the bowl and mix.
- add the water and mix until you have some kind of dough. no kneading required.
- let it sit for at least 12 hours. we usually let it sit in a bowl (preferably not a metal bowl as some people say it prevents acidity and disturbs the yeast) and cover it with a moist kitchen towel.
- preheat the oven to 500F/260C and place your cast iron pot inside. you want that pot screaming hot.
- slightly flour a surface and dump the dough there. fold it like shown in the video.
- cover a kitchen towel with some wheat bran or flour and put the dough there, the seamed side down and cover with bran or flour.
- now take out your cast iron pot put the dough from the kitchen towel on your hand and then in the pot so the seamed side is up.
- cover with the lid and bake for 30min with and 20min without lid.
- when finished let it sit to cool a bit and enjoy!