It's official! I have spoiled my dinner! This is the greatest recipe if you are looking for amazingly EASY, DELICIOUS, and pretty quick Artisan Crusty Bread.... if you make it for guests they will think you have been working on it for the last 36 hours. Just dust your nose with some flour as the doorbell rings.
A good friend of mind (K.M. from Arizona) shared this recipe from the New York Times entitled~
PRETTY SOON THE BREAD WILL MAKING ITSELF
I will also include my favorite dipping sauce that is lot like the one from Carrabba's. I highly recommend this recipe and I warn you, if you make it-- it could spoil your dinner.
1. In a large plastic bowl, mix 1 1/2 T yeast and 1 1/2 T kosher salt into 3 cups pretty hot water. Stir in 6 1/2 Cup flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Cover with some loose plastic wrap that has been sprayed with some Pam.
2. Let it be for 2-5 hours. (I let my dough sit in a warm sunny window)Now go have your children fan you and feed you peeled grapes.
3. After the 2-5 hours bake or refrigerate. I usually bake 1/2 of the dough and put the other half in the fridge for later (will last for up to 2 weeks.) Cut off half of dough with a serrated knife. Turn the dough in hands to lightly stretch the surface, creating a smooth top and a pretty lumpy bottom. Put dough on parchment paper that has been sprinkled with cornmeal and either spray or rub your dough and let rest/rise for 40 min.
4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place your dutch oven (minus the lid) in there to preheat for 20 min. I place my dutch oven on the bottom rack and remove other rack from oven.
5. For a finishing touch dust dough with flour and slash the top. Now lift your parchment paper carefully and open oven and place in dutch oven. Put lid on and bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the lid and finish cooking. When my bread comes out, I brush it with EVOO.
Divine Dipping Blend
1 T Fresh Basil & Parsley
1 T Minced Garlic
1 t Dried Thyme & Oregano
1 t Freshly ground Black Pepper
1/2 t Freshly ground Sea Salt OR Kosher Salt
1/4 t Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 t Olive Oil
1/8 t Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients in food processor except Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
After processed add oil & lemon juice. Give it a good stir. Makes about 1/4 cup.
**Note: This can be done in a coffee grinder. I don't have one so I my Kitchen Aid Food Processor worked nicely.
**PS-- I didn't have fresh basil today but I had fresh parsley.... I substituted 1 t of dried basil instead. I also didn't have fresh lemon juice so I used concentrate.... it always turns out wonderful.
I put a quarter- a silver dollar amount on a nice white plate and cover in Olive oil. My son and I added balsamic vinegar to half the plate and it is like a firework show going off in your mouth..... yummy moist chewy bread with all those flavors.... mmmmmm
About Parchment Paper--
Parchment paper, also known as baking parchment paper, is a cellulose-based paper that is used as a disposable non-stick surface intended for use in baking.
A common use is to eliminate the need to grease sheet pans and the like, allowing very rapid turn-around of batches of baked goods. Parchment paper is also used to cook en papillote, a technique where food is steamed or cooked within closed pouches made from parchment paper. Parchment paper can be used in most applications that call for wax paper as a non-stick surface. The reverse is not true, as wax paper will cause smoke in the oven.
(Thanks wikipedia for that wonderful definition) We are all little more educated on this helpful baking aid which I highly recommend.