Bread has always intimidated me. What if it doesn’t rise? How long do you knead it? What does “proving” mean anyway? I avoided making bread for years, which is incredible because I love eating bread. It would make sense for me to figure out how to make it as soon as possible so I could eat fresh bread every day! But I never attempted it until a family friend gave me her recipe. She makes bread for my family at least once a month, and whenever she brings a loaf over it is gone within the hour. Her bread is delicious, and never in a million years did I think that I could achieve such perfection. But when I tried her recipe – magic! It worked! It looked beautiful, it tasted delicious, and it was super easy to make! So I am here to spread the knowledge!
My mom was amazed when I showed her how to make this bread. She has always had issues with getting the yeast to activate, and when I told her this recipe didn’t have any added sugar she was very dubious. This recipe is very hands-off, so it is perfect for people like me (aka lazy people).
Bettina’s Magical Dutch Oven Bread
Yield: 1 loaf of bread
3 cups all-purpose flour (preferred: King Arthur’s)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dry yeast (you can refrigerate or freeze leftover yeast, just bring back to room temperature when ready to use again)
2 cups of water
There you have it! Magic! I’m not sure if you can make this without a Dutch Oven (any ideas?). I actually went and bought a Dutch Oven for the sole purpose of making this bread! (But I loooooove my Dutch Oven – it is pretty and red and I have made large batches of soup in it multiple times on the stove top). Let me know if you try this recipe out, or if you have any favorite bread recipes/tips you want to share!
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