This bread is so easy to make! I can't take the credit for it because it's been around for years, but it's new to me.This is great if you love homemade bread but don't have the time to stand and knead for 10 minutes, then wait for another rise. Just a little thinking ahead and you can have this wonderful bread on your taste buds! This bread comes out with the similar consistency & chewiness of Ciabatta.
4 INGREDIENT CRUSTY BREAD
3 cups of flour
1 3/4 tsp. of salt (I used kosher and love it!)
1/2 tsp. of yeast
1 1/2 cups of water
In a medium-large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients then stir in the water. This dough will be very, very sticky! This is what you want. No special kneading or dough whispering skills are necessary for this bread! lol
Once you have this all mixed together all you have to do is let it sit covered in plastic wrap for 12-18 hours. That's why I mentioned thinking ahead a little. All I do is mix it together before I go to bed.
Preheat your oven to 450. Once that is done preheat your pot. You will need one that is about 4-5 quarts and that has a lid. I like my Le Crouset! Plus it's purple and pretty!
Preheat your pan with the lid on in the oven for 30 minutes. While that is heating drop your very airy, very sticky dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for the same 30 minutes.
CAREFULLY remove your hot pot from the oven and place the bread down in it. It will still be very sticky, but that is the purpose of giving it that extra coating of flour - so you can more easily handle it while placing it in the hot pan. Cover and bake at 450 for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes. When it's done, immediately remove your bread from the pot (or else it will continue to bake on the hot cast iron) and place bread loaf on cooling rack for 5 - 10 minutes (or however long you can manage to not drool all over your glorious creation!