Make this great loaf during the holidays or anytime of year.
3 cups flour
1 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
olive oil to coat
extra flour to dust
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add water and, using your hand, mix until wet and sticky,
Place the dough in another bowl
lightly coated with olive oil.
Cover leave for 12 hours at room temperature
Remove the dough and fold once or twice.
Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
Shape into a ball.
Generously coat a cotton towel with flour
Place the dough seam side down
on the towel and dust with flour.
Cover and let rise about two hours at room temperature,
or until dough more than doubled in size
Preheat a six- to eight-quart pot, at 450 to 500 degrees,
at least 30 minutes prior to baking.
Once the dough has more than doubled in volume,
Remove the pot from the oven
place the dough in the pot, seam side up
Cover with the lid and bake 30 minutes.
Remove the lid and bake 15 to 30 minutes uncovered,
until the loaf is nicely browned.
Yields: One round loaf --You may use cornmeal to dust
Enjoy your homemade bread