This recipe is extremely simple and SO good. I highly recommend trying it!
- 3 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 5/8 cups water
In a large bowl combine flour, yeast, and salt. I, of course, bought the wrong yeast so I had to do a few conversions but it all worked out in the end. Also... I cannot stress the word large enough... this dough rises a lot! I felt like Lucy in the episode where she makes the giant loaf of bread.
Add the water and mix well. The dough will be very sticky.
This is how the dough should look when you're done mixing it...
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave it alone for about 12-18 hours. THIS is how it looked the next morning! The dough is ready when it's surface is dotted with bubbles.
Flour a work surface and place the dough on it. Sprinkle with a little more flour and fold it over a few times. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let it rest for 15 minutes.
Using a little more flour, shape the dough into a ball (if you can... mine was too floppy). Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour. Put the dough on the towel and sprinkle with more flour. Cover it with another cotton towel and let it rest for 2 more hours.
When it is ready, the dough will be twice the size and will not spring back when you poke it. Heat your oven to 450 degrees and put a 6 to 8 quart heavy covered pot inside to warm up. When the oven is hot, take the pot out. DO NOT make the mistake of grabbing the lid without a pot holder once you take it out. Ya... I did that, dropped the lid, and broke the handle. Anyway... slide your hand under the towel and plop the dough into the pot. It will be messy because of all the flour. Cover the pot and bake for 30 minutes, uncover and bake for another 15 to 30 minutes or until it is a nice light brown color.
TA DAAA! Let it cool a little and then break it open!
Recipe courtesy of bigBANG studio.