Monday, November 5, 2012

really good bread.

If you're on Pinterest, you know this bread. You've seen it pinned again and again. When we went on vacation in September to Saturna, I brought my Le Creuset dutch oven along for the trip with the sole purpose of making bread.

It was worth it. This bread is really, really good. Too good even. It's ridiculously easy to make, way too easy to eat hot from the oven with butter. So good, that I took a break from making it because we were eating too much of it.

I followed Simply So Good's instructions exactly, her easy to follow photos make it idiot proof. I've made a bunch of variations, my dad has been making a really amazing honey raisin version, but hands down, my favourite was when I added onions, cheese and black pepper. Here's the recipe.

Onion, Cheddar and Black Pepper Bread
adapted from Simply So Good
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 cup largely grated aged white cheddar
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 white onion, finely chopped
a generous grinding of black pepper - about a teaspoon  
1 1/2 cups water

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.
All cheese, onions and pepper, mix well. 
Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours.  Overnight works great.  
Heat oven to 450 degrees.  When the oven has reached 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.  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.


Souris said...

My French husband is so desperate for "good" bread we bought a highly recommended book on how to make it. The recipe is so intimidating (and I'm no pussyfoot in the kitchen). I'm going to give this recipe a go since you are so keen on it. WISH US LUCK!!!! and THANK YOU for sharing your discovery!!!

kate said...

Hey Souris - It's sooo easy and delicious! I hope it worked for you!

Greg said...

Do you grease the dutch oven at all?