This bread recipe takes time! Almost 40 hours! But the end result....WORTH EVERY MINUTE! I also love it because it requires absoloutly no kneading!
Put the flour in a large mixing bowl
Add the yeast
Add the salt
Mix the dry ingredients then add the water
Mix with a spatula untill it comes together
That's how it should look like
Cover with plastic
Lay a tea towel on top
Let it rest in a fairly warm place for 36 hours!! I let it sit in my pantry. Yes 36 hours is a lot of time but you really want the yeast to ferment and get "sour"! Alton says 19 hours, I say 36! Lol
That's what it should like in 36 hours!
Dust your counter with flour and also dust your hands too, it's a very sticky dough after it ferments!
Dump it in the counter, punch it down to deflate it
Dust the top of the dough with flour and then cover with a towel for 15 minutes
Get ready your corn meal and parchement paper will be helpful too
Remove the towel and shape your dough into a ball by tucking in the sides under the base. Apply flour in your hands, it's a really sticky dough
Sprinkle in some cornmeal over your parchement paper
Position the dough over and sprinkle in more cornmeal as needed
Cover with the towel and leave to rest for 3 hours
Preheat your oven after the dough had been resting for 2 1/2 hours. Pre heat it on 450 F (230 C)
Place the rack on the very bottom, place inside a 5 quart dutch oven with its lid, let them preheat in the oven for 1/2 hour
Cut the excess paper around the dough after it had a chance to ferment for 3 hours
Dip a brush in some oil
Brush along the edge of a VERY VERY sharp knife, or just use a disposable razor blade.
Score a cross on the dough, don't apply pressure, just a slight movement on top of the dough
Carefully get out the hot dutch oven
Carefull and slowly place the dough inside
Cover with the hot lid and place into the oven for 30 minutes, then take off the lid and let it bake for 15 more minutes!
Let it rest on a wire rack for about an hour before you slice into the best fresh bread that you ever made!
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