Good morning, ladies! After a long silence from my corner (something about family vacations without internet and then moving a week later makes it really hard to keep up with a blog!) I want to start us back up with a wonderful recipe today! This recipe was sent in by a reader who says - "I have LOVED making this bread simply because it's so easy and yet always comes out so great! It takes 4 ingredients, no kneading, and super adaptable as far as adding whatever ingredients you can imagine to change it up."

Crusty Bread

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon Instant or Rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 cups water

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.  Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12-18 hours.  Overnight works great.  Heat oven to 450 degrees.  When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap  and let set while the pot is heating.  Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. 


How easy is that? I can't wait to try this! Check out this website for more details, pictures, and suggested adaptations... http://www.simplysogood.com/2010/03/crusty-bread.html

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