I’m going to make a Miracle Boule tomorrow. I’ve started the process tonight so it’s ready to go tomorrow afternoon. The process is so simple that everyone can easily make their own home made bread that will taste way better than store bought and will fill your kitchen with the delicious smell of your mom’s place…providing your mom baked bread!
3 Cups Flour
1 1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Yeast
1 1/2 – 2 Cups Water
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add enough water to make the dough wet, but not overly runny. Depending on your area and how many feet above sea level you are you will need to adjust the water. For me, I’ve used close to 2 cups of water almost every time. You want it to be quite sticky once it’s all mixed.
For me, I cover with plastic wrap and then throw a tea towel over top and let it sit over night. Over the course of that time, the yeast will activate and begin to create a bubbly awesome smelling bread dough.
From here, flour a working surface and dump the dough onto it. Sprinkle more flour over top and press the dough down. Fold it over, add a little more flour and fold it over a second time. From there I start forming it into the shape of a ball. I then move it onto a flour dusted parchment paper. I then cover with plastic wrap and the tea towel for a 2 hour rest.
With about 30 minutes to go, get your dutch oven into a 450ºF oven and let it get up to temperature. The dutch oven will help the bread develop a nice chewy crust by keeping the moisture level high during the first part of the baking process.
Once everything is up to temperature, drop your dough into the dutch oven, parchment paper and all, put the lid back in place and get it back into the oven. Some people cut a stripe or two across the top of the loaf. Never works for me. It could be that the dough is fairly ‘mushy’ and doesn’t take well to a knife! See the before and after of my butcher job.
And by drop into the dutch oven parchment and all I mean just that. Let it drop into the hot pot.
Get the lid on it and back into the oven. Set your timer for 30 minutes and then remove the lid. See how golden brown it already looks? Just wait though. Let it cook for another 15-20 minutes. You don’t want it to be too doughy inside!
Now for the hard part…waiting for it to cool down enough to touch and start cutting off a thick slice!
Oh ok..1 slice.