I am wondering where has this recipe been all my life?!
These days my Facebook feed is built up entirely of crazy-good food. (Just all kinds of food! Desserts, OF COURSE, but also this bread!) Yes, I have developed a newly discovered love for this deliciously soft dutch oven bread. HUGE TIP: Read all of my instructions to the very end before taking the wonderful journey of dutch oven bread-making.
- 3-cups All Purpose Flour
- 1-3/4 teaspoons salt (Go with Kosher, there’s some serious flavor there)
- 1-teaspoon Instant Rise or Rapid Rise Yeast
- 2-teaspoons sugar (Ah, almost makes this appetizer a Dessert)
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1-tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (hint: You’ll need a tad bit more for later)
- Set out a large sized mixing bowl and stir in flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
- To the bowl, mix in water, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh rosemary. You’ll want to mix this by hand until you begin to notice the dough forming.
- Using plastic wrap, cover up the bowl, set aside on the countertop, and wait for the dough to rise, between 4 and 18 hours.
- Once time is up, turn on the oven to 450 degrees. Inside of the oven, place a cast iron with its lid and heat it up for half an hour.
- Punch the dough in the bowl down one time, then place the dough onto a floured surface, shaping it into a ball.
- Again, cover the dough with plastic wrap and wait until the pot in the oven is done heating.
- Take the hot cast iron with the lid out of the oven, and slowly drizzle and brush in the inside of the pot with extra virgin olive oil.
- Place the dough into the pot, cover it with the lid, and return the pot back into the oven Wait 30 minutes
- Remove the lid, drizzle a bit more extra virgin olive oil on the top, and continue baking for an extra 15 or so minutes.
- Take the bread out of oven and set aside to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before digging in.
If you do not love this recipe, please let me know. I had noticed that there is a little bit of an art to the “dough punch”. Also note that when I say “punch” I am not telling you to knead the dough. In other words, no kneading is necessary! Crazy, right? Comments are totally appreciated!