No-Time Bread

I'm always looking for yummy bread recipes but do to time constraints I usually at least do the dough part with the bread machine.  It's low maintenance and  I can just start it and walk away.  This bread recipe is so easy.  It's almost as quick and easy as the bread machine but gives it a more artisan style.

No-Time Bread

4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (2 packets)
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cup water
3 1/2 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp balsamic vinegar

In the bowl for a stand mixer, put in the yeast, sugar, and water, and let sit.

Heat the oven to 450 degrees and put in a dutch oven in while the oven preheats to heat it as well.

After the yeast has had a couple of minutes to bubble up, add 3 cups of the flour as well as the salt, and vinegar.  Beat it for several minutes with the paddle.  Add the last 1/2 cup of flour and switch to the dough hook and beat for 7 minutes.  It will be a wet dough, but not goopy.  

Lightly grease a microwave safe bowl with vegetable oil and transfer the dough to it, rolling the dough to coat with the oil.  Cover the bowl with a very wet towel and then cover the whole thing with a dry towel and put in the microwave.  Microwave on high for 25 seconds, then let rest for 5 minutes. Microwave on high for another 25 seconds and let sit and rise for another 15 minutes.  

Shape the dough into a ball and place it into the preheated dutch oven.  Slash the top with a knife, cover, and bake for about 30 minutes, then remove the lid and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the internal temperature hits 210 degrees.


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