Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3 cups bread flour (I like Harvest King bread flour)

  2. 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast

  3. 1 teaspoon fine table salt (or 3/4 tablespoon of kosher salt)

  4. 1 1/2 cups warm water Covered pot (five-quart or larger cast iron, Pyrex, ceramic, enamel...something that can go into a 450F oven.)

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Mix dough: The night before, combine all ingredients in a big bowl with a wooden spoon until the dough just comes together. It will be a shaggy, doughy mess. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 12-20 hours on countertop.

  2. Shape & preheat: The dough will now be wet, sticky and bubbly. With a wet spatula, dump the dough on a floured surface. Fold ends of dough over a few times with the spatula and nudge it into a ball shape. You can use your hands if you like, just keep your hands wet so that the dough does not stick. Generously dust a cotton towel (not terrycloth) with flour. Set dough seam side down on top of towel. Fold towel over the dough. Let it nap for 2 hours. When you've got about a half hour left, slip your covered pot into the oven and preheat to 450F.

  3. Bake: Your dough should have doubled in size. Remove pot from oven. Holding towel, turn over and dump wobbly dough into pot, using your hands to get the dough off the towel. Doesn't matter which way it lands. Shake to even dough out. Cover. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover, bake another 15-20 minutes or until the crust is beautifully golden and middle of loaf is 210F. Remove and let cool on wired rack. If not eating right away, you can re-crisp crust in 350F oven for 10 minutes. Best way to eat it? Smear a warm slice with some good butter (Kerrygold and Lurpac are both found in your grocery stores, usually on top shelf)

  4. Also try: Dip bread in Olive Oil and Dukkah This reminds me of the homemade rolls we used to make with my grandmother. So good and so many memories thanks for sharing. This looks fabulous! Will definitely have to try it with my two year old – anything to keep her out of mischief!

  5. I never got a nice tight surface, just a gloopy mess that went flat what did I do wrong? I can’t wait to try this. As a Bosnian girl who never learned how to make a decent bread and therefore somewhat of a disgrace to my country I see this is my chance to redeem myself It’s wonderful! You’ll have to let me know if you make it


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