I've been baking bread. Friend Monique, from La Table de Nana, is quite a baker and I decided to use a recipe she published. So glad I tried it as it is easy and very good. Of course, mine doesn't look like hers', but I am happy with it. It got me thinking of the old proverb about bread being the staff of life. I am a bread devotee; could easily live on it alone.
Sounded biblical to me and then I remembered why. The Lord's Prayer has the line, "give us this day our daily bread". Googled it and found it was referred to as the staff of life for ages. Staff meaning food in general. Seems Jonathan Swift was quoted to have said, "bread is the staff of life".
Nevertheless, this bread is a no knead variety. My kind of bread. You must use a cast iron pot with a lid. I didn't think I had one in the city. Looked around and found this old chicken pot I'd never used. It is small and the perfect size for a loaf (almost a ball) of bread.
3 cups + 2 TBS all purpose flour
2 tsp coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp. Red Star Platinum yeast
1 TBS honey
1 1/2 cups warm water
Mix ingredients. Dough will be sticky but don't worry if it is dry and shaggy like mine.
Shape into a ball - cover with plastic wrap and leave on counter 12-18 hours.
Turn dough out and shape into a ball. Score an X on top. Cover and leave 30 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 475 degrees. Bake 25 minutes with lid on then remove lid for another 8-10 minutes. This bread is so easy, I mis-read the directions, baked it covered for 15 minutes and un-covered for 10 minutes, AND IT STILL TURNED OUT!
Dried fruits, nuts or seeds - customize your dream bread. I have had to use measuring spoons and cups instead of my hands and eye estimations.
And I'll need a staff to walk about before long if I don't quit eating bread all of the time.