april :: showers
having a picnic

oh so good

Surfing the net I came upon a couple of new blogs, one blog was one that I had seen before but lost, and the other was completely new, and at the new blog I found the most wonderful crusty bread recipe.  I was so excited, I jumped up off the couch where I was with my lap top and headed to the kitchen to make this bread, mind you it was 9:00 p.m. and I should have been thinking about heading to bed instead of thinking of making bread.  No worries tho.

Crusty bread

The bread had only four ingredients, flour, water, salt and yeast...AND...had to rise on the counter for 12-18 hours.  I went to bed with my mouth watering for this bread.

Crusty bread dough

I didn't take any photos of the process but the photo below is what the bread looked like after baking it in my cast iron dutch oven with the lid on for 30 minutes and then I had to take the cover off like in the photo below and bake it for another 15 minutes.

Cover off

The original recipe really didn't recommend using wheat flour, the author thought it was way too heavy.  I used half bread flour and half wheat flour and it was the lightest bread I've had in a long time, and the outer edges had just the right crustiness to it.

Crusty bread 2

This loaf is almost gone and I loved it so much that I made two more, one with white flour and one the same as this one.

I plan to make this bread again, but with some added ingredients like the author suggested.  My mouth is watering again just thinking about it.