The best, easiest, most wonderful bread recipe ever!
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!