I recently won a cooking class at our local kitchen store and the class I chose to attend was a five minute bread and butter class. Now, if you are like me you will see this name and think you can whip together the dough and in five minutes put delicious bread in the oven. That unfortunately is not the case, but the dough does come together very quickly. Just be prepared to mix it in the morning, and then you will be ready to bake delicious bread when you get home later that day. The recipe is very simple and forgiving, so even if working with yeast makes you nervous, give this recipe a chance.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups water, room temp or slightly warm
- 1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
To Make the Dough:
Put all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix together with a fork until all the flour is incorporated. Cover with a clean cotton towel and let rise for 8-12 hours. When you are ready to bake put your Dutch oven, with the lid ON, in your oven and preheat to 450. Get a bowl big enough to shape a round loaf and line it with parchment paper, then generously dust with flour. Remove your bread from the original bowl with floured hands by making a scooping motion with your hand, moving around the whole bowl. As you are doing this, grab a small section of dough and stretch and fold it over the rest of the dough. Do this about 4 times, then move the prepared round of dough to your parchment lined bowl. Cover with a clean, lightweight, slightly damp towel and let it rise for 30 minutes while your Dutch oven is heating in the oven. After 30 minutes, slash the top of your round of dough with a very sharp knife in any pattern you want. Remove the Dutch oven from the preheated oven and quickly transfer your parchment paper with the loaf on it into the Dutch oven. Replace the lid quickly and return the Dutch oven to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. At the end of the 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue to bake for 7-10 more minutes, until you have a dark golden crust. Carefully remove the bread from the Dutch oven and enjoy.