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My First Loaf

Heavenly, simple no-knead bread
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Resting/Rising Time18 hrs 30 mins
Total Time19 hrs 25 mins
Keyword: flour, quick bread, yeast
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 117kcal
Author: dad

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • Dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour For my first loaf, I used 2 cups of all-purpose white and 1 cup of white whole wheat. This was a great combination, but all-white or more wheat would have been fine, they tell me.
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast My yeast had been "expired" for 3 months by the time I got around to this loaf. I will buy fresh yeast for my second loaf.
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt I used fine sea salt, but I'm sure Kosher salt would have been fine.
  • 1 1/2 cups water The temperature of the water is important to how fast the yeast works. I fiddled with my water until I got it to 70°. If you don't have a thermometer, room temperature-ish should be OK.

Instructions

  • In mixing bowl, use spatula to stir together flour, yeast, and salt.
  • Add water and stir until all traces of dry flour are gone, but no more.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap or towel. Let it sit for 18 hours on the kitchen counter. Yes, that's right, 18 hours.
  • When the 18 hours are up, place the covered Dutch oven in the regular oven and pre-heat everything to 450°.
  • While oven heats, gently remove dough to heavily floured counter. Shape into round ball. It will be temping to "work it" but just let it be until the oven is ready. Sprinkle flour on your hands and the bread liberally to avoid stickiness.
  • Carefully remove Dutch oven from regular oven. Keep remembering that it's really hot! Remove the cover. Place the dough in the Dutch oven and return the pot, covered, to the oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes covered.
  • Remove the cover and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove Dutch oven. Remove your bread to a rack to cool off. It doesn't stick to the pot at all.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes before cutting bread. It won't be easy. Just do it.
  • Slice and eat your first piece. And then your next as you bask in your success. If there's any bread left after awhile, share with adoring family and friends.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg