Get ready for this!!
(unless you’re gluten-free in which case I still love you — but I question some of your life choices. . . awe, just kiddin’)
There is really nothing better, at least in my mind, then warm-fresh bread with real butter. . . and honey, oh how I LOVE honey.
And as much as I love homemade bread I don’t make it often. It’s rather labor intensive, no?
That is until, this gem of a recipe came into my life and now I make this bread ALL. THE. TIME. I’ve made it three times this week. No kidding.
I first discovered it on Simply so Good, via pinterest.
It is SOOOOO easy.
and SOOOOO cheap.
It is THE BEST!!
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”
― James Beard
Here is the recipe in all it’s beautifully-simple glory:
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon Instant or Rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 cups water
(How simple is that??)
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast. Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 – 18 hours.
I just leave it out overnight which works perfect.
Heat oven to 450 degrees. 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. (I actually cover my board and hands in olive oil instead, it is CRAZY sticky.)
Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating. Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough. Cover 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.
Then slather in butter and honey. My family of four eats an entire loaf in the morning, so don’t plan on leftovers.
It’s that good.
“I shouldn’t think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.”
― Dodie Smith