Easy, fuss-free, foolproof, French-style bread you can make at home without a single minute of kneading. Baked in a Dutch oven (although I have recommendations for alternatives if you don’t have one).
“Bet you could bake a damn good loaf of bread if you just tried,” Keith said, as he attempted to stretch the squished bag of “100% stone-ground wheat” sandwich bread back into squares. The unfortunate bread had made the car ride back from the supermarket doubling as a sofa to a 2-lb bag of yellow onions.
I was transferring vegetables from our bags into the fridge. His words stopped me dead in my tracks. My hang hung frozen in mid-air, clutching a bag of parsnips. He couldn’t possibly be being serious. But, apparently he meant every word. I was at a loss. Other than sticking meat into the oven for kababs, I had never baked anything at all until that point. I’d never even made chocolate chip cookies. Or a birthday cake from a box. So this was really, really odd.
“Bread? Me? Bake bread? You’ve got to be out of your mind; do you know how hard that is? If baking bread were so easy, everyone would be doing it,” I finally managed. My then (fiancé) thought I could bake bread. Now there’s a joke if I ever heard one. …