after following the recipe, i had a lovely loaf of bread!
|whole wheat flour adds a little color and texture to the loaf|
adapted from the steamy kitchen
1 (8-9") loaf
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 teaspoon dry yeast
3 cups bread flour-can substitute up to 1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
mix the ingredients in a bowl until combined. cover tightly and let it rest at room temperature for 12-20 hours. when the time is up, use a wet spatula to turn the bread out onto a floured surface. using that spatula or your hands, turn the outside edges into the center a few times and then gently shape the dough into a ball. place the ball of dough into a floured towel (not terry cloth) and rise it for 2 hours.
30 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 450 and place a dutch oven, large covered casserole dish or other oven proof pot into the oven. when the 30 minutes are up, carefully remove the pot from the oven and using your hands, turn the dough out of the towel and into the pot. never mind how it lands-just put the cover on it and put it in the oven. bake it covered for 30 minutes, remove the cover and bake until the internal temperature is 210F, about 20-30 minutes. remove the bread from the pot and cool completely on a rack before cutting.
just in case you are skeptical like me, go to the steamy kitchen and look at the photos of cutie pie andrew making that loaf of bread. they photographed each of the steps and they make a good reference for the first attempt.
thanks to cindystar for the wonderful challenge!