Well, I had my first bread making attempt this past week and surprisingly, it turned out AH-MAZ-ING! Woohoooo!
I was off of work last week and I got extremely bored so I figured there was no time like the present. I do NOT like just sitting around the house and doing nothing so I spent my time searching out different types of bread. (Sounds like fun, right?)
I have been wanting to make bread for a while but it is such a long process. There is so much waiting around when making bread which is difficult for me because I am not a patient person… like at all.
I really don’t know anything about bread so I wasn’t even sure what type of bread I was wanting to make so per usual, I looked to Pinterest for help. I ended up making “Artisan Bread” because the picture was pretty, it looked delish, it was easy and didn’t require many ingredients. Plus, it is a no knead recipe!
Here is what the finished product looked like. Perfection.
I thought I would share the recipe because it was sooo tasty and easy. The only thing about this recipe is that there is a lot of waiting around but that is just how it is with bread. So plan in advanced if you are wanting to make some!
I also added pictured instructions at the bottom that you can use as a guide to see what each step is supposed to look like. (I am very much so a visual person so pictures are always useful to me.)
- 3 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt (I used sea salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon yeast
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water
Yep, that is all. Just 4 ingredients.
- Mix together flour, salt, yeast, and water into a large bowl. Once all ingredients are mixed together, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest for 8 – 24 hours so that it can rise. (I waited exactly 8 hours)
- Flour the counter top generously and place the dough on top. Do not knead the dough, but form it into a ball shape and let it rest for 30 minutes. While it is resting, place your dutch oven (or a corningware dish or any oven safe dish with high edges) into the oven and preheat it to 450 degrees.
- After the 30 minutes, slash an “X” onto the top of the dough. Remove the dish from the oven. Place dough on parchment paper and place it in the dish and then cover with a lid.
- Bake covered for 30 minutes. Then uncover and bake it for 15 more minutes.
- Once done cooking, let it cool before cutting into it. (This will help make it more fluffy and not so dense)
The one mistake that I think I made is that I did not wait long enough to let it cool off once I took it out of the oven. (I really need to work on my patience skills..) By the time the bread was finally done, I was tired and just wanted to try it! So I cut in to it after about 5 minutes of it cooling down which I don’t think I allowed it enough time to cool. This made it more dense and not as fluffy and airy but it was still sooo yummy!
It was seriously such an easy bread to make it did not require much maintenance at all. Next time I make this, I think I will make the dough the night before so that way it will have plenty of time to rest and rise.
Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think!
The next bread I am wanting to make is cranberry nut bread so we will see how that goes! Thank you so much for reading😊