Simple 3 ingredient dutch oven no knead bread

I really haven't made homemade bread other than using a bread maker but now that I've got all this time at home and trying to limit my trips to the grocery store unless they are absolutely necessary, it has allowed me time to experiment with different bread recipes and so far this one has been the easiest and it is so delicious.

I sat down and figured out how much it cost to make this loaf, I purchased a 25lb bag of AP flour and a 5oz jar of yeast, I already had salt.

Here's how it broke down: Flour .27 cents, Yeast .04 cents, Salt .01 cent.......that adds up to .32 cents and you can round up for the electricity used so each loaf is around $0.40 cents to make the most delicious bread for soups, stews, spaghetti, I love to toast it and put butter and honey on it.

Here's what you need:
  • 3 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon yeast (not rapid rise)
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups very hot water
  • Dutch Oven
  • Parchment paper
This dough will need 3-4 hours of rising time and about 40 minutes of bake time so you will need to plan ahead earlier in the day if you want it for dinner that night.
Mix in this order: 3 Cups flour, 1/4 teaspoon yeast, 1 teaspoon salt, stir ingredients, add 1 1/2 cup very hot water from the tap (don't boil water), using very hot water makes the dough rise faster. Mix well until the dough is (shaggy), do not knead.

Cover tigthly with saran wrap and let it sit on the counter for at least 3 hours, the recipe is so flexible you could let it sit for 4 or 5 hours and it would still be fine.

After it has been in the bowl for a few hours, drop it onto a floured surface and fold it over a few times, I use a scraper and just fold it in half a few times into a round ball.

Take a piece of parchment paper and set it on top of a clean bowl, drop the mound of dough into the bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside to rest for 30 minutes while you heat up the oven. Heat the oven to 450, place empty dutch oven with cover in the oven 30 minutes before baking. After 30 minutes carefully remove dutch oven from oven and remove lid, uncover dough and carefully transfer to dutch oven with parchment paper beneath, cover and bake for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes your bread should look like this, remove bread and parchment paper (careful it's hot) and place bread back in the dutch oven without the parchment paper and bake uncovered for about 10 more minutes until the crust is a beautiful golden brown.

When it comes out of the oven it is gorgeous and crusty and smells so good. Let it cool slightly before you slice it, I've tried slicing it right out the oven and I just end up mangling it and burning my hands so wait a bit before you slice it. This bread goes with anything, soups, stew, spaghetti, I even toast it in the morning and put butter and honey or peanut butter and jelly on it. If you happen to have leftovers (which I highly doubt) just put it in a resealable bag, make sure to use it up within a few days.

I promise this is the easiest bread recipe, I am not an experienced bread maker so if I can make this then you can make this. None of us can leave home and socialize right now so you have time to practice and perfect your technique and when you are finally reunited with your loved ones and friends you can bring your delicious bread to dinners and get togethers.