Here we go:
(coming to us from the website: artisanbreadinfive.com)
In your mixer, or in a 5 quart bowl (you dont have to have a Kitchenaid!) dump your water, yeast and salt and mix with a whisk (I really like using whisks, dont you?).
(oooh, action shot!)
Now, combine all your flour into mixture. Guess what? You dont have to sift it! You know how I feel about sifting.
It's going to be a wet dough, especially in comparison to other doughs. And that's ok! It will need to rise for about 2 hours. We placed the bowl on my stove so that it was a little warmer than room temperature. I have a gas stove so it's always a little warm. Cover your bowl lightly with tin foil.
When it's done rising, divide dough into two or three pieces, depending on how big you'd like your bread to be.
Cover a wood cutting board with flour and work with the dough to get it into the shape you'd like.
It gets a little messy in there!
OH, PS...if you want to let the dough chill before using, that's fine. Put it in the fridge over night but you CAN use it after the 2 hour rise. We did both, and I even put thyme in my second batch...mmm!
Let the dough rest for about an hour. If you don't, you won't get those delicious holes in the bread and it will be a bit dense.
Cut at least 3 1/4" slits at the top of the bread. This will help the baking process and make it prettier!
Pre-heat your oven to 450 and use a baking stone if you have one. If not, use a shallow baking pan and cover the loaf slightly with foil. But don't use glass, ok? ok.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until a gorgeous golden color.
It sounds like a ton of steps, but its actually really easy. And so good! You'll have fresh bread for a FRACTION of the cost.