When things sound too good to be true, they usually are, right?
Fellow Pinning fanatic, Ninfa, came across a pin linked to Simply So Good’s Crusty bread recipe. In the pin, it was described as “insanely easy”. But is it really? And more importantly, how does it taste? Lets see……
The ingredients for this recipe are truly easy; flour, salt, yeast and water. The only catch in this recipe might be the enamel covered cast iron. I’ve admired the beautiful colors of this kind of cookware in the stores, but I’ve never took the plunge to buy one. I did some research and pots are safe in ovens up to 400 degrees. The recipe instructs you to have the oven set to 450 degrees. This Calphalon enamel dutch oven is safe up to 500 degrees.
Janet of Simply So Good recently added to her post that readers have used deep ceramic dishes as well. Again, I would just be careful to make sure the dish and the lid can be used in an oven at 450 degrees.
Ninfa’s advice When baking this bread:
- She found that she needed to add about 1/4 cup more water because the dough was kind of stiff, and not as loose as the pictures on the tutorial at Simply So Good showed.
- Use a very large bowl because it was more than doubled in size when it rose over night.
- The dough was very sticky just as the recipe described.
- Be VERY careful when handling the hot pot, it is VERY HOT! Make sure to use THICK oven gloves.
- Be warned that the inside of the pot will be coated in a black residue, and it took almost a whole can of CameO Cleanser to clean it up!
Well how did it turn out? Check this beauty out…
Looks yummy huh?
How did it taste?
Ninfa said, “This is some of the tastiest bread I have eaten in a long time. It is crusty yet the insides were soft and chewy.” She also said she could hardly keep her husband away from the bread long enough to take the pictures.
Congratulations Ninfa! You used Pinterest to try something new. And that’s ……
It looks like the “If it sounds too good….” saying was wrong in this case. With a few simple ingredients and some time, you too can bake homemade crusty bread. Will you give it a try? Let us know how it works for you.
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