While trolling my favorite food sites I came across this picture of a gorgeous loaf of bread. Crusty on the outside, soft and tender on the inside; it made my mouth water. But what surprised me was the picture was linked to a very unassuming site of a 40-something mom who by no account was a famous bread maker. I thought to myself, well DAMN, I could do that! So I did. And it really just wasn’t that hard folks. If you do one thing this month culinary wise, do this. Make this bread. It is easy. Really really easy. And terribly delicious!
So do read on while I will continue to hop around my kitchen doing my bread dance, scaring the daylights out of my cat, until I have eaten every last morsel of this phenomenal A Girl and Her Kitchen baked bread (or until husband comes home to claim his share)!
(Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen)
3 cups (15 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
3/4 cup (7 ounces) water, at room temperature
1/4 cup (3 ounces) beer (plus a teaspoon if needed)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Whisk flour, yeast, and salt in large bowl.
Knead 10 to 15 times.
Loosely cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel and let sit in a warm-ish spot for 2 more hours.dutch oven in the oven with the lid. After 30 minutes, reduce heat to 425.
Score the top of your dough and then using the parchment paper, carry your dough to the dutch oven – the parchment paper will be on the sides of the pan, just put the cover on and bake for 30 minutes.
The result is a crusty, crunchy outside and tender and chewy inside. Sooooooooo good.