Impress your guests with your own bread for Easter dinner! Here is an easy recipe of homemade bread with only 4 ingredients.
- 6 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour (and a little more for the work surface)
- 1/2 t. instant or active-dry yeast
- 2 1/2 t. salt
- 2 2/3 cups cool water
- In a stand mixer or a large bowl, combine dried ingredients (flour, yeast and salt) and stir a little bit to make sure that everything is well mixed. Add the cool water and stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated; the dough should be wet and sticky.
- Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap. Let the dough rest 12-18 hours at room temperature. When surface of the risen dough has slightly darkened, smells yeasty and is dotted with bubbles, it is ready.
- Flour the work surface and place the dough on it. Sprinkle with a bit of flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice. Lightly flour your hands and tuck the dough underneath to form a rough ball.
- Place a large rectangle of parchment paper on a cotton towel and dust it with flour to prevent the dough from sticking to it. Place the dough seam side down on the parchment paper and dust with a little more flour. Wrap the dough completely with the parchment paper corners and the towel as well. Let rise for about 2 hours (until it has doubled in size).
- For about 20-25 minutes before the dough is ready to be cooked, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a 6-8 quart heavy covered pot in the oven as it heats. When the dough has fully risen, carefully remove pot from the oven. Unwrap towel and parchment paper from around the dough, slide your hand under the bottom of the ball and flip it over into the pot. Shake the pot a little bit until the dough is well distributed.
- Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 12-15 more minutes (until the crust starts to turn brown). the internal temperature should be around 200 degrees (you can check this with a meat thermometer).
- Carefully remove the bread from the pot and let it cool on a wire rack and then you can slice it!
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