the easiest, peasiest, no-kneadiest french bread

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Aaaaahhh… isn’t it beautiful?

Can’t you just imagine that smell filling your entire house as it’s baking in the oven?

Can’t you just taste the soft, buttery goodness?

Can’t you just hear it calling out your name?

In other words, you should make it.

Oh, yes, and this both nut and dairy free 🙂

no knead, no worry french bread

(originally from the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day)

makes 2 loaves

 ingredients

~ 3 cups lukewarm water

~ 1 1/2 tbsp active dry yeast

~ 1 1/2 tbsp coarse salt

~ 6 1/2 cups all purpose flour

how to make it:

1. Wear a cute apron.

2. Put your hair in a cute messy bun (that is, of course, if you are a girl…).

3. Place the water, yeast, and salt in one of those big hefty mixing bowls. Dump the flour in and mix with a floured spoon until everything is nice and moist. Then voila! You’re done. Or, at least done really doing anything.

4. Cover the bowl loosely with a (clean) towel and let sit until it’s puffed up quite a bit. For me, this took about 30-60 minutes. Now, you can either bake it now, or put it in the fridge for another day so you can just pop it in later.

5. to bake the bread: If you just got it out of the fridge, warm it to room temperature before preceding. If not, then flour your hands so it looks like you have gloves, and then take half of the dough from the bowl. Form it into a boule by pulling the sides of the dough into its underside and it forms sort of a ball. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Do the same with the other half.

7. Transfer it to a large, floured cutting board at let it sit for another 40 minutes. 20 minutes before you’re ready to put the bread in, put a cast iron skillet in the oven. Then preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

8.  Dust some flour over the risen loaf and then cut a few slashes in the top about 1/4 inch deep. Put the loaf in the skillet, and bake for 30-40 min. Cool before slicing. Well, if you can manage to wait that long. 😀

 

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