Here is one of our favorite bread making recipes and techniques.
You need a baking dish that has a cover, and some basic bread making ingredients. We have adjusted it to get the right amount of crust we like. I also have made the same recipe with pepperoni, cheese, olives, and all sorts of other ingredients. A loaf of bread made like this is cheap, tastes great, and doesnt have preservatives or anything that you dont want in it.
3 cups of all purpose flour.
1 /4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons of salt
Mix together a couple seconds to mix ingredients.
1 1/2 cups of water.
Pull together loosely into a dough.
Set it aside. No kneading
Cover for 12 hours.
Fold over itself a couple times.
Put seam side down. Smooth side up.
Dust with flour.
Put it in a closed preheated pan with a cover. We use pyrex. I dont have cast iron one that will fit in the oven.
Preheat oven and baking dish to 500
30 minutes with cover closed, then 15 to 20 minutes with cover off.
Let it rest until it cools down on a rack.