Fresh Baked Dutch Oven Bread
What's better then fresh baked bread right out of the oven? When the butter melts right on it the second it touches the warmth. Oh, it's so good...
This recipe is honestly SO SIMPLE! The only thing is, you have to let the dough sit overnight so, you have to remember to prep it the night before (which I often forget and then I use my bread machine instead lol)
There is something special about the smell of bread baking in the oven though isn't there? It's honestly one of my most favourite smells of all time. Did you know that they actually performed a study that proved that smelling bread being freshly baked actually makes you kinder? Check it out here - https://www.healthguidance.org/entry/16642/1/the-smell-of-bread-baking-makes-us-kinder.html
Ever since my childhood, for as long as I can remember, I have adored bread. When I was little and my after school baby sitter would take me and a couple other kids to a bakery for a little treat she would tell us "you can pick anything you'd like". While the others kids went straight for the sweets, I stood by the fresh baked buns staring in admiration. The babysitter thought I didn't understand what she meant because I wasn't able to fully speak English at this point in my life (we had just moved to Canada) so she asked my parents to explain to me that I could have anything from the bakery, but, they ended up having to explain to her that I'm just obsessed with bread!
I'm not sure what the current fascination is with sour dough bread, but, this is not a recipe for that. This is a super simple Dutch Oven Bread. No kneading required, just let it sit over night and then bake it up when you rise in the morning.
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups room temperature water
1. Form the dough - in a big bowl mix the flour, salt, and yeast tougher. Pour the water into the bowl and mix well.
2. Allow to rise - cover the bowl and let the dough sit and rise on your counter for 12-18 hours.
3. Place your dutch oven pot inside your oven and then preheat it to 450 degrees. Once your oven has completely heated, remove the pot.
4. Shape your dough - make sure to flour your hands really well and sprinkle some flour on the dough before you shape it. Roughly shape the dough with your hands and then you can either place it in the pot with some flour on the bottom of the pot or line the pot with parchment paper. (I prefer the parchment paper technique myself)
5. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on and then remove the lid and bake for another 15-20 minutes until the top is golden brown! Remove and ENJOY!!