Ridiculously Easy "Panera Type" Bread!
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Recipe type: Bread
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups hot tap water (as hot as your tap will get)
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast (not instant)
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 3¼ cups flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, or any combination of the two)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix salt and yeast into 1½ cups hot tap water
  2. Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Dough will be loose and sticky. Cover lightly with a kitchen towel but don't seal the bowl airtight. Let the dough rise at room temperature at least 2 hours (up to 5 hours).
  3. When you're ready to bake the bread, place a cast iron skillet (or broiler pan) on the bottom rack of the oven. Place a baking stone on the middle rack and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Allow the stone and skillet to remain in the pre-heated oven for 10 or so additional minutes before baking the bread IF YOU HAVE TIME. If not, just make sure the stone and skillet are in the oven the entire time it is pre-heating.
  4. After the dough has risen, flour your hands lightly and grab the dough out of the bowl. Turn it around in your hands to lightly stretch the surface, creating a smooth, rounded top. The bottom can be lumpy because no one will see it :)
  5. Put the dough on a piece of parchment paper and, if desired, slice the top with a very sharp knife.
  6. Using a spatula for assistance, slide the dough (along with the parchment paper) onto the hot baking stone.
  7. Quickly pour one cup of water into the cast iron skillet (or broiler pan) and shut the oven immediately to trap the steam.
  8. Bake the bread until well browned, about 25 minutes.
  9. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy while still warm if you can!
Recipe by Daily Rebecca at http://www.dailyrebecca.com/2014/01/ridiculously-easy-panera-style-bread/