You’re Not as Easy as This Bread Baby

It’s self-rising, not-kneady, and smells great! This is the fool-proof, love-of-your-life bread thats so easy it’s scandalous.

What you’ll need:
1 ½ cups Water
3 cups flour
1 ½ tsp salt
¼ tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar (if needed)
Caraway seeds, Parmesan cheese, or whatever else you like to add or use to garnish.

Step one:
Proof the yeast (if needed).  This is done by mixing sugar with about ¼ cup of the water (at, or just above, room temperature). Once the sugar is dissolved into the water, add in the yeast and let rest for 10 minutes.

Step two:
Combine the remaining water, flour, salt and proofed yeast in a large mixing bowl.  No need to over mix or knead.  Just mix until incorporated. Then cover with plastic wrap, and let it rise overnight.

Step three:
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Sprinkle your chosen garnish onto the loaf, stretch the dough out once, fold it over, then stretch it out and sprinkle it up again. Fold it over one last time, and then shape it into a ball.  Place dough in a greased and floured pie pan.  Cover again, and let it rise once more for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Step four:
Bake at 425°F for about 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan, return the loaf to the oven and bake directly on the rack for a final 5 minutes at 300°F.

Step five:
Let it cool for  a few before havin’ an easy snack of bread and olive oil.

Get creative with this one.  There is a lot you can do to this simple loaf, so spice it up and season it silly, but just remember to always take it easy eaters.

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