Easy Bread ~ Tastes Like A Professional Baked It!
A Rancher’s Recipe

It's so easy, I no longer buy bread!

by Karen Ekstrom


The best, easiest, most wonderful bread recipe ever!

So easy, I no longer buy bread. This is the bread we eat every day! It’s that good and that easy!


6 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

4 teaspoons sea salt

1 package active dry yeast (2-1/4 teaspoons)

3 cups warm water (not hot)



In a large bowl, shift flour, salt, and yeast together.

Pour in warm water. Stir until dough forms.

(Mixture will not be smooth. It will be wet and sticky.) 

Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap.  Set in warm place for 8 to 10 hours.

Dough will rise, have bubbles on the top and be flat on the top.

Heat oven to 450 degrees.

Once oven is preheated, place 7-1/2 quart dutch oven (with lid) in oven.

Heat for 30 minutes. (Yes, you are cooking the pan!)

Flour your hands. Move dough onto floured surface or floured parchment paper.

Shape into a ball. Sprinkle lightly with flour. 

Cover dough with plastic. Place warm, damp towel over bowl. (not touching dough)

Let dough rest for 30 minutes.

Remove Dutch oven from oven. 

Uncover dough. Transfer to Dutch oven. Cover Dutch oven with lid.

Return to oven.

Bake bread for 45 minutes covered.

Then, remove lid and bake another 15 minutes or until dough is baked through and golden brown on top.

(If you tap on bread it should sound hollow.)

Slice and enjoy!



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Stacy Peterson August 31, 2022 - 1:07 pm

I want to make this bread, but it’s late in the day to start if I have to let it proof for 8-10 hours – half that maybe? Have you ever tried it?
TIA – Stacy Pete 🌷

Karen Ekstrom August 31, 2022 - 3:06 pm

I have ‘rushed’ it – letting it rise for 6 hours and it did fine… I have not rushed it more than that. But if you want to try it, I would wrap a warm towel around it. Or, if your not horrified, I might get one of my old heating pads, put it on low and place the dough on top of it… Let me know what happens!!!


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