Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Magic Bread

In my Pinterest perusals I occasionally find some great stuff--activities for the kids, great ideas for the house or a wonderful recipe to share with my family. Then there are the very few pins that are just amazing, really worth shouting about.
So here's a shout about my latest amazing find...
On the original post over at Simply So Good, Janet calls it crusty bread, but really I think a better name would be Magic Bread. It's pretty magic the way a few simple ingredients can make a bread that makes even my hubby come back for more!

Magic Bread
3 cups AP flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water

If you think the ingredients sound easy, just wait til you hear the instructions!

Mix the dry ingredients together, add the water. Mix until all ingredients are moistened.
Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 12-18 hours.
Put an oven-safe covered pot (about 3-6 quart) --minus the lid--in the oven and heat to 450 degrees.
Pick up the very sticky dough from your bowl and knead it gently a few times on a heavily floured surface into a small ball. When the oven is heated, drop the floured ball into the pot (no butter/oil needed), cover and bake for 30 minutes. For a crustier bread, remove lid and return bread to oven for another 10-15 minutes. For the lighter bread pictured above, just let bread cool in the pot after the 30 minutes.

This bread tastes great, is thick enough for sandwiches, makes great french toast, and 
the best news is: this bread loves add-ins. Check the original post for some great ideas, but really, the skies the limit for what you can put in this bread! My first add-in is going to be small chunks of cheddar and fresh garlic. Yum!
Happy Baking!



9 comments:

  1. Wow, that sounds too good to be true!!!! Definitely going to have to try that one!

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  2. My DH LOVES bread! This recipe looks quite simple, but tell me why do you need to let it sit for so long? Most yeast recipes call for a far shorter period of time. I'm really curious to learn the secret to my question.

    Your newest follower, Cathy
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  3. Oh that looks (and sounds) so good! Definitely drool-worthy! ;)


    Zelda the Bored Statue Kitty

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  4. That looks fantastic! I'll have to give it a shot :-)

    Visiting from Natural Parents Network!

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  5. It looks great, and I bet it's perfect with a fall bowl of soup!

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  6. Looks easy enough and sounds good!

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  7. mmm sounds yummy...It must be the long proving that adds to the flavour...and the pre=heated dish almost gives me the idea of an old fashioned clay oven...(pizza oven)...TFS

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at Cast Party Wednesday. Have a GREAT week! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

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