As soon as there is a little chill in the air, bread is the first thing I start longing for. Well, in reality, I love bread year-round. But, I feel like bread is more satisfying to eat in the winter. Especially when dipped in some hot soup. Or smeared with garlic and butter, for a satisfying garlic bread. Or just eaten warm with some butter. Any way you like it, it is oh so good.
I particularly like this bread because it is SO simple. I mean really. You don’t even have to knead the bread! You mix up the ingredients the night before, shape it into a ball the following day, then throw it in the oven, and voilá! You now have a beautiful, healthy, crunchy exterior, yet soft and chewy bread. The perfect bread in my opinion! This is a perfect bread for beginners. I promise, bread isn’t as difficult as it may seem! This bread also freezes well. So, more of a motivator to make several batches! One for today, one for next week..
Recipe from Jo Cooks
- 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 cups water, at room temperature
- In a medium bowl whisk the flour, salt and yeast together. Pour the water into the bowl and using a spatula, mix it until completely incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 12 to 18 hours, or over night.
- On the following day, preheat the oven to 475ºF. Place your dutch oven, with the cover on, in the oven and let heat for at least 30 minutes.
- While the oven and pot are preheating, flour a counter well. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on the counter. Roughly shape the dough in a ball. Once the dutch oven is hot, carefully remove from the oven. Place the dough in the dutch oven. Cover and put back in the oven.
- Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake for another 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.