Need an easy peasy bread 🍞 recipe to make today to prep for the week? Make for friends and send a sweet care package!
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp dry active yeast
1 1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp of dried shallots
2 tsp herbs de provance
1 cup of cubed sharp irish cheddar
1 1/2 [ ish ] cup luke warm water
In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, salt, garlic powder, dried shallots, herbs de provance and cheese cubes. Whisk together until combined. Add the water and stir, using a wooden spoon, until the mix is shaggy and sticky and weird but amazing. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, set it and forget it for AT LEAST 12 hours.
Next day: using a well-floured hand, pull the (very risen and bubbly!) dough from the bowl and onto a floured work surface. Keep flouring the dough as you fold it over itself a few times, forming a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit about 20 minutes. Then fold it over itself another few times (like, three to five times) and reshape the ball. Lightly flour the top and cover with a towel for another two hours.
In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450. Place a large, lidded dutch oven in the oven while it preheats. Transfer the ball of dough to the pot, place the lid on it and slide it in for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and let the bread bake another 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Remove the bread from the pot and let rest for about 20 minutes.
Note: It may be tough to get out of the pot but, just take a sharp knife to the cheese crumbles and loosen them up... you got this!