Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Artisan Bread in a Flash...?
Look at that thing of beauty...
Do you like crusty, chewy, salty, yummy?
Think Panera bread on steroids.
Its that good, I wouldn't lie to you ;)
(Adapted from Jim Lahey's recipe)
p.s....if you are just reading this today, please note that you won't have bread...today.
its got to sit overnight, so its not so flashy. haha
The only flash part is that it takes literally 30 seconds to stir up, then you wait.
I hate wait.
In a large mixing bowl combine:
- 3 cups AP flour
- 1 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. yeast (kinda heaping, at least make it a generous 1/2 tsp.)
- 1 2/3 - 1 3/4 c. warm water
Stir to combine, it should look kinda wet and shaggy, like a dog that's been out in the rain.
Ok, not like that.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit on the counter for about 14-16 hours.
It will get all bubbly and rise a bit, too.
Dump the dough out onto a piece of parchment that has been floured sufficiently.
Fold in the four corners to the center.
What corners, you say?
There are no corners, but pretend there are.
Lift the parchment paper with the dough on it and set it down into a mixing bowl.
Cover again and leave it for 2 hours.
(At this point, feel free to top the dough with salt or seeds or nuts or sprinkles, whatever floats your boat)
Got a dutch oven?
No, quick! Go get one!
Mine is one of those ceramic over cast iron dealios.
Make sure that the whole thing including the lid can take high heat, like 500*F.
30 minutes before your 2 hr. rising time is up turn on your oven to 500* with the dutch oven and lid in it.
After 30 minutes or so, the pot will be sufficiently hot, remove it from the oven and pick up your bread dough by lifting the corners of the parchment paper and lowering it down into the hot pot, parchment paper and all.
Top it off with the lid and put it back into the hot oven.
Let it bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, then remove the lid and bake an additional 10.
Be careful as you remove it from the oven.
And for goodness sake, let it cool off a bit before you dig into it.
Or don't, whatever man, Im not your mom.