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Crusty Bread (Baked in a Bowl!)

****My new go-to bread.  Quick and easy (except for the overnight dough set) and very delicious!  Adapted from JoCooks website.

Servings 6 - 8

Ingredients

  • 3 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 C room temperature water

Instructions

  1. Stir the flour, salt and yeast together in a big bowl.  Pour the water into the flour mixture and stir until well combined.  (If it seems a little dry, add the additional 1/4 cup of water - should be very sticky.)

  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit on the counter or in a cool oven for 12-16 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 425°.  Spray a large aluminum bowl with cooking spray and put in the oven on the lowest rack. 

  4. Flour your hands and sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of flour over the dough. Lift the dough out of the bowl and loosely form the dough into a ball, incorporating the flour (don't handle it too much - just enough to form the  loose ball).  Plop the sticky dough (and it will be sticky) into the heated aluminum bowl and carefully cover tightly with aluminum foil.

  5. Bake covered for 30 minutes, then remove the aluminum foil and bake another 20 minutes until golden brown on top.  Carefully remove the bread from the bowl (it should slide right out) and let cool on a rack at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes

Tips and Stuff:

You can add ingredients (like parmesan cheese, fruit, nuts, etc.) during the first step if you like.  I like it just the way it is!

Don't overwork the dough when stirring it all together or the bread will be tough.  Just make sure everything is incorporated completely.

It doesn't take an entire packet of yeast - just 1/2 tsp., so store the leftover yeast well-sealed in the refrigerator.