It really is! This recipe has transformed making homemade bread from a once-in-a-blue-moon event (that I really wanted to do more often) into a multiple-times-per-week-without-blinking-an-eye phenomenon. 🙂
You can find the original recipe and helpful video here, but below is a simplified version:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
Mix together the flour, yeast and salt with a fork in a medium bowl. Pour in the warm water and mix together until combined. The dough will be sticky or sometimes even soggy. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 8-24 hours.
When you’re ready to bake, set your oven to 450 degrees and place a high-sided, oven-proof dish or dutch oven (preferably that has a lid) into the oven to heat up. I use this. Dump out the dough onto a well-floured surface and fold in the edges until your dough has something of a shape…but don’t worry if it doesn’t. Most of the time mine is so soft it’s hard to handle, but it doesn’t matter! Let the dough rest for 20-30 minutes while your dish and oven heat.
After the rest time, remove your dish from the oven and spray it with cooking spray or butter it (I use butter, but be careful as the dish is extremely hot). Place your dough in the greased dish, cover the dish and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue baking for anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes. This will depend on your particular oven. The recipe says 10-15 minutes but I have to leave mine in for 20. It will be crackly on top and browned. Move the bread to a cooling rack and let it sit for 15 minutes or more before slicing.