Easy Village Bread

What’s better than a warm loaf of homemade bread with a crispy, golden crust?! How about one that’s easier to make than going out to buy it at the grocery store?  Yes-this is possible. Let me introduce you to the easiest bread you’ll ever make. With minimal effort and absolutely no kneading, you can have an amazing loaf of bread baking in your oven.

Sound too good to be true?! It’s not. Try it once and you’ll never doubt me again.

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Making my easy village bread? I want to see it! Post a picture on facebook or instagram with @sophakicooks and the hashtag #easyvillagebread. Sandwiches, avocado toast and other village bread combinations are welcome!

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EASY VILLAGE BREAD
Inspired by Pinch of Yum

3 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 1/2 c water at room temperature

Measure dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly add water and stir just until dough forms. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Allow to rest at room temperature for 12-18 hours.

When it’s time to bake your bread, pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a 5-6 quart Dutch oven with the lid into your oven to get hot for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, scrape the dough from the sides of your bowl and lay onto a floured surface. Gently shape the dough into a round loaf and place onto a sheet of parchment paper. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap until your dutch oven is ready.

Once heated, carefully remove the Dutch oven from the kitchen oven. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough. Lift the dough with the parchment paper and place inside the Dutch oven. Place the lid back on, put the Dutch oven back in the kitchen oven and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes have passed, remove the lid from the Dutch oven and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until your bread has developed a rich golden crust.

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