Recipe: Crusty Bread - 24 hours

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  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.
  • Add water and mix until a sticky mixture forms.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours. Overnight works great.
  • Heat oven to Gas Mark 9.
  • When the oven has reached temperature place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.
  • Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.
  • Cover tightly and return to oven for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  • Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.


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