Crusty Bread Ball


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What the Hell?

No kneading. No fuss. This is by far the simplest bread recipe I’ve ever come across. It’s almost fool proof. This is an adaptation of a recipe from Simply So Good. This recipe will change your life. Seriously. Eat it!

This is a very rustic loaf with big airy holes throughout similar to ciabatta. It’s crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. This recipe is for a flavored loaf. You can leave out the roasted garlic, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil for a plain, simple bread. Grab yourself a bottle of hearty red wine and some good cheese and have at it. Bliss I tell you! This is a big ball of bready bliss!

If you don’t know how to make your own roasted garlic, I feel bad for you. You can learn if you click here. It’s super easy. You will thank me.

What the hell should I drink?

A big hearty red

What the hell should I listen to?

Here’s some inspirational music to get you started. Age of Pamparius by Turbonegro. Yeah, yeah, yeah the song has nothing to do about bread. It’s about mother fucking pizza!

Crusty Bread Ball
 
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No kneading. No fuss. Rustic loaf that's crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. The key to this bread is baking it in a covered 3 or 4 qt. enameled cast iron pot. This is a must! It allows enough steam to build up to create the chewy crust.
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
Bread base
  • 3 C. unbleached, all purpose flour
  • 1¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1½ C. room temperature water
Flavorings
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ C. fresh grated Parmesan
  • ¼ C. finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (non-oil packed)
  • 1 head of roasted garlic, cloves removed from peels and kept as whole as possible.
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast. Stir in the Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted garlic.
  2. Add water and olive oil and mix until a shaggy mixture forms. It will be wet and soggy looking. Scape down the sides of the bowl to get the whole mess as together as possible.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours. Overnight works great. DO NOT refrigerate. Just leave the bowl out on the counter.
  4. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a 3 qt. enameled cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball. The dough will be very loose and kinda runny. This is okay! You want to handle the dough as little as possible.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.
  8. Carefully, remove hot pot from the oven, take off the lid and drop in the dough.
  9. Put the cover back on the pot and return to oven for 30 minutes.
  10. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  11. Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.
Additional Notes:
  1. You do not need to grease the pot or anything. The baked bread will slide right out of the pot.
  2. The less you handle the dough the better. You want to keep all the bubbles, they will expand and let the bread be airy inside.