I love bread...actually, let me qualify that with I love artisan bread. I like a crunchy crust with a soft center. Before we moved to Germany I thought I knew a thing or two about bread, but how I was mistaken.
The variety of breads found in a German bakery amazed me. At first, I was hesitant of all that dark wheat and rye, but slowly, as I ventured beyond chocolate croissants and baguettes I found a richness and density in those nutty loaves that I came to love. I came to appreciate stopping by the bakery every day and I stopped making bread!
Now that I live in Saudi there is a complete dearth of bread, that is if you want something other than pita or something other than white flour. I came to realize I was going to have to start baking my own bread again, so when a friend of mine posted this youtube video for super simple bread I knew I had to give it a try.
My first attempt was a success. My husband and daughter loved the flavor, the crust was perfectly crunchy (though the bottom a bit tough) and the technique of cooking in a caste iron dutch oven was very simple.
You can watch the video here