This bread was so fast, I didn't even see it. I'm a big fan of same-day off-the-cuff bread bakes. Still takes a few hours, but it's easy and the bread is delicious.
Here's everything ready to go: flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and lukewarm water. I actually used 300g of flour. You can also see the lame I use for scoring the dough.
After combining in the mixer, I knead the dough by hand until it's smooth and spongy. After forming into a nice ball, it's ready to sit for 60-90 minutes.
This is after the first rise - 75 mins. It definitely doubled in size... maybe more.
This is after the second rise - another 30 minutes. I pushed a sheet of parchment into the hot Dutch oven using a kitchen towel, rolled the dough into it, and made a simple cross score with a lame.
When the bake finished, I let the bread cool for 30 minutes or so, and then I couldn't wait to have a bite... and neither could Leela Storm. The bread is great on its own, but I love dipping it into a mix of EVOO, balsamic, cracked pepper, Maldon, and parmesan.
🐶 Leela Storm's Suggested Pairings
- 🎵 Genesis - Turn it on Again
- 🍷 Stags Leap Chardonnay
🍽 Kitchen Critique
A Dutch oven makes easy-to-bake bread even easier. There's no need for a pan of water below it and the bread keeps a great shape.
The oven temp is crucial - make sure you have an accurate temperature. Mine takes about 20 minutes after the beep to get there.
Leela met me downstairs when it came out of the oven and waited while it cooled hoping to get a taste (which she did). She's my biggest bread fan!
- Save yourself some bread stress... use a Dutch oven.
- Bread can be easy and planned for same-day baking.
- It's only five ingredients! You got this!
- Leela actually loves my homemade bread - if it's good enough for her, you know it's special.