This easy No-Knead Bread loaf has a deliciously crisp crust and a soft spongy center. It’s the perfect blend of soft and chewy. With only 4 ingredients (flour, salt, yeast and water), you can make a bakery-quality, scrumptious loaf of homemade bread.
In a glass measuring cup, combine to dissolve 1 1/2 cups warm water and 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast. Let it sit 2-3 mins.
Into a large mixing bowl, sift 3 cups all-purpose flour and add 1 tsp fine salt. Whisk to combine.
Pour in the water mixture and use a wooden spoon to stir until all of the flour is incorporated (do not knead). The dough will be very sticky, but do not add additional flour.
Cover the bowl with a plastic food wrap and let the dough rest on your counter or inside your unheated over for 18 hours to 24 hours.
Place an empty dutch oven and lid inside the oven and preheat the oven to 450°F. Once preheated, remove dutch oven and place on the stove. Be careful not to touch the dutch oven or lid without oven mitts because it will be very hot.
Meanwhile, generously dust a cutting board or work surface with flour. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the dough out (which will be very thin and sticky) onto the floured surface. With help of pastry scraper or well-floured hands, shape the dough by folding the dough in half and then fold in half again, pulling the dough together into a loose ball.
Sprinkle the bottom of the dutch oven with flour or cornmeal and carefully place (or drop) the bread in the center of your hot dutch oven. Cover with lid and bake for 30 minutes at 450°F. Carefully remove hot lid and bake for another 15 minutes to 20 minutes until golden brown.
Remove the bread from the pot (it should fall out easily) and place directly on wire rack to cool completely until it’s nearly room temperature before slicing it.
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