Easy Rustic Bread
(original recipe: Simply So Good blog)
3 cups unbleached All-Purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. rapid rise yeast or bread machine yeast (same thing)
1 1/2 cups warm water
Find a very large mixing bowl and whisk together the flour, salt and yeast. Add water and mix gently until the mixture starts to come together. It will still be quite wet. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave on the counter for 12-15 hours (you can leave it up to 24 hours, but don't put it in the refrigerator). After the allotted time, heat the oven to 450 degrees and place the pot with lid on inside the oven for 30 minutes. A cast iron pot works really well for this, but you can use any pot that can go inside your oven safely. I used a stainless steel pan and lid last time and it turned our fantastic! So, while the oven is pre-heating, pour the dough onto a heavily floured surface and attempt to shape it into a ball. It will still be soft. Cover the dough with the plastic wrap while you wait for the pot to pre-heat. After 30 minutes, remove lid and drop dough into the middle of the pot and return the lid. Cook for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, take lid off of the pot and return to the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Finally, remove the bread from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. It will be hard to wait to dig into this bread and I'll be honest, I usually don't wait more than 10 minutes. Just be careful because it is very hot!
The original recipe has a ton of FAQ's and they cover any question you could possibly imagine! Check it out if you need some guidance. You'll also find a great selection of mix-in options on the original site. I have not yet experimented with mix-ins because the basic bread is just SO amazing!
Hope you enjoy!