The Best Loaf of Bread Ever

I am re-posting this recipe from last Feb. because today I’m going to teach it on TV! I even went out and bought four tubes of lipstick so my lips will show up on TV. I tried to lose 10 pounds in the last 4 days, but that didn’t work and one of my lovely little running buddies reminded me that TV makes you look 10 pounds heavier. I thanked her for reminding me smiled and I’m wearing black. I called my granny yesterday to tell her. She’s in Palm Springs. I called my parents, but they’re in another warm sunny location far from KSL’s broadcasting area. And how about the siblings that are on honeymoons and other vacations. I know they say they love me, but in my time of need they aren’t around. I will still pray for them…….I think.
So if you are around a television today may I suggest KSL’s Studio 5 program from 11am to 12. My segment will be about 11:45am. Wish me luck, and please do try this bread.
I love making this bread. I found this recipe about a year ago inside the covers of a Williams-Sonoma catalog. I love this catalog. It is chock full of all sorts of kitchen gidgets and gadgets, and I savor every issue. I even take it to bed at night for some great bedtime reading. Every page is earmarked with my hearts desire, and maybe throughout the year I may purchase an item or two, but of course I must save up to shop at Williams-Sonoma. Sometimes if I’m lucky, TJMaxx will have what I like.
That leads me to my dutch oven. It is not just your regular pan, but a “Le Crueset” royal blue 5 1/2 qt. beauty. This pan is what was being advertised on the pages of the Williams-Sonoma catalog when I found this amazing recipe. The pan turns the bread making into magic. Now, I have since learned that you don’t have to have a brilliantly colored $300 enameled pan, (but it sure does make it fun!) but a trusty, rusty black cast iron dutch oven that is hiding in your camping gear does the same trick. It just has to be a cast iron pot with a lid. After you make this bread you will feel like a champ. No one makes bread like this at home, but now you do.
I know this may sound like a funny post from a girl whose husband bakes bread for a living, but we don’t make this kind of bread. This is the kind I would imagine you picking up at your little local European bakery. The crust is crisp and crunchy and chewy and the inside has lots of airy holes and tastes delish. Even my Macey’s class ladies loved this recipe. It really is quick and easy, (not counting the 12-24 hours of waiting) and you will become a bread rock star tonight. You have to be a little organized in the fact that you have to decide you’re going to make it a day before you eat it. Once you get that down, you’ll make it all the time. Let me know if you make it and if you love it is as much as I do. If you have a magic pan use it, but if not, use the rusty trusty one in your camping gear. You’re going to love this bread!!
I Can’t Believe I Made This Bread, Bread
3 c. all purpose flour
1/2 t. (yep only 1/2 t.) yeast
1 3/4 t. salt
1 1/2 c. water (not hot and not cold. Just water)
Add in’s of choice: I used 3/4 c. dried cranberries and the zest of 1 lemon today, but you can use raisins, cinnamon, any cheese, garlic, herbs, spices, Montreal Steak Seasoning is great. Let you imagination take you where ever you want to go. Sweet or savory, you decide.
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients together and stir until blended. Only a minute. It doesn’t look pretty, but don’t worry. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough sit for 12-24 hours. It will rise a little and start to look really wet and bubbly. This is good. I have used the dough as early as 8 hours and as late as 36 hour later. It always works. This is a very forgiving recipe. After the long rest, turn dough out onto a floured surface. Lightly turn the dough onto itself a few times. Don’t knead this, your more or less just roughly forming the dough. Let it sit for 20 mins. and rest. In the mean time place your dutch oven in a 450’F. oven while it is preheating. The pan needs to stay in the hot oven about 20 mins. Take the hot pan out of the oven and place the dough ball in the pan. You don’t need any grease, or butter for the pan. The dough will kind of wrinkle up and look terrible, but trust me it will look amazing in about an hour. With a sharp knife cut an X into the top of your dough. This will help it “tear” in a real rustic way. Place the lid on top of the dutch oven and place the pan back in the oven. Bake for 30 mins. at 450’F. with the lid on. Take the lid off and bake another 20 mins. The crust should brown nicely and when you tap the top of the bread it should sound hollow. Remove the bread from the pan and let cool. Yeilds 1- 1 1/2 lb loaf

Comments

  1. says

    You have siblings, that are at home, and that happened to check their blog feed just in time, and then SAW YOU ON TV! Way to go Lisa! Way to get the man “a little floury”!

    You make a good loaf. XO

  2. says

    Just caught you on Studio 5 and can hardly wait to try the bread recipe. We have added your Berry Cheese Crepes from the HJNews years ago to our favorites also. Thanks for announcing your blog address…we’ll be reading! Oh, and we love your store too.
    Kris Monson, Smithfield

  3. says

    Hi, This bread looks awesome. I wish you had a follow button, I’d be your loyal follower. Very impressive. If you ever have a spare minute, come visit my blog at http://www.samwich365.com. I would be honored to have you visit/comment or best of all follow. Happy New Year. Keri (a.k.a. Sam)

  4. says

    LISA!!! You’re the woman. And you looked and did fabulous. Such a pro! And if for some crazy reason you disagree to the slightest degree with me, then you’ll just have to come and watch it with me again. You are officially a permenant fixture on my TIVO! Whoop whoop!

  5. says

    Love the new blog settings! LOVED YOU ON TV! I was like, “I know that girl, shes gonna make doughnuts with me one day.” :) You make me smile Lisa, thank you!

  6. says

    just saw the clip that they have on the studio 5 website. you are so awesome lisa! you did great. i’m not your family, but (in your own words) i love your stinking guts! i’m making that bread tomorrow (so i’ll get the dough going tonight). so how did KSL studio 5 find out about you? you’re famous!
    and you guys have the best Great Harvest of all. just went to my local one and it just doesn’t measure up.
    audrey

  7. says

    I saw you on Studio 5 today. Your bread recipe looks awesome. Your blog is even better! On a grey January day there is nothing better than discovering new recipes, reading entries from a creative optimistic woman and looking at great photography. Thanks for sharing. Hope you don’t mind if I come back often!
    Emilee

  8. says

    I SAW YOU ON TV!!! You looked Fabulous! The lipstick was perfect and I think you should have your own cooking show! You and Margaret should team up and get it started!!! Love your GUTS!

  9. says

    Lisa, your amazing!! my hero!! Way to go today! It was so fun to watch you on TV! The bread looks so yummy! Your blog is awesome too! Can I be like you when I grow up!

  10. says

    Way to go. You were fabulous. and so dang cute (even if you are my daughter).
    Everyone can catch the show by going to KSL.com, hit recipes and hit your video. I watched it even over here in Hawaii.
    I am so proud of you. MOM

  11. says

    Lisa- I just watched it on my computer and loved every minute of it- great job!! Your lips looked beautiful :) So fun to see you in action- I need to try this bread soon. Hope all is well. Lindi

  12. Anonymous says

    Lisa, you look even better on TV! Could you do me a huge favor? Next time your on, mention my name and tell everyone that I’m really cool, ok? Oh, and if you could mention Ruth too, that would be wonderful. Thanks.

    Uncle Frank

  13. says

    Couldnt be more proud! You were ADORABLE! But now you are going to be famous and forget all about your ancient clawson live blog visitors like myself :( I LOVE YOUR GUTS! P.S. I was totally into the collar flipped up…..my style for sure! You are PRECIOUS!

  14. says

    I just went to KSL and watched you again on TV. Lisa- you are so cute! I loved it. You looked super! I love this bread, I think its about time I made some more. Way to get the word out there for the blog! Yaaa Whoooo!

  15. says

    Nice job, Lisa! I just watched the clip on ksl.com. Next time you are going to be on television, you need to put something like TURN ON YOUR TV AND WATCH ME TODAY as your title, so we don’t miss you.

    Audrey taught me how to make bread like this, but I love your method of cooking and the accompanying excuse to get one of those cool pans.

    And you really do have the best GH around. Steve was just saying the other night that he ought to bring some of the bread from ours to James and have him diagnose the problem.

  16. says

    Just letting you know that I made a loaf with white whole wheat today and it turned out yummy! I’m not sure if it’s AS good as with all purpose flour, (that one’s still in the oven), but I will definately make it again! I was also wondering about when you put cheese in it. Do you do it from the beginning so that it is sitting on the counter the 15-18 hours, or do you mix it in afterwards? Thanks for tolerating me! đŸ˜‰

  17. says

    I just made your bread this morning and it was fabulous. I was wondering if you would share on your blog some of the other variations you mentioned on studio 5. I was wondering if in the lemon blueberry version do you put the blueberries in when you mix the dough up the night before. thanks for sharing.k I love studio 5 and you should be a regualar contributor.

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