Homemade Crusty Bread

I love warm fresh bread, and I have always found it difficult to make. When the Hubby and I got married I received a bread machine and thought that would be the easy answer. I tried the machine several times, and it was easy, but I found that no matter what recipe I followed the bread always came out really dense and I didn’t love the taste. I found this recipe here for crusty bread and she makes it look so simple so I had to try it.

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Four simple ingredients.
 
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Little Miss is mixing the flour, salt and yeast together. 
 
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Add the water and mix. You are left with a very sticky ball.
 
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Cover with plastic wrap and set aside on the counter over night. DO NOT keep in the fridge.
 
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Even though this is my first try with this recipe, I decided to go with three batches since I plan on using this bread for my homemade stuffing for Thanksgiving. This year I can say even the bread is homemade.
 
 
The next day it was time to cook the bread.
 
Heat the oven to 450. Once its heated place your empty baking dish into to the over to heat up.
 
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Drop the dough on a heavily floured surface. I use my largest cookie sheet. It keeps the counter clean and is super easy to clean up.
 
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Shape into a ball.
 
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I laid out the plastic wrap and sprinkled more flour on it. 
 
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Wrap up the dough and let sit for 30 minutes. (While your pan is heating up in the oven)
 
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Here our three loaves of bread ready to bake. I do not own a Le Creuset baking dish, so I opted for a glass dish.
 
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I covered them with tinfoil.
 
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Here is the finished product. 
 
The coloring wasn’t exactly what I wanted but that may be due to the fact that I do not own the proper dish. I also found it a  tad salty, so I may reduce the salt the next time I try this. I do think it will be perfect for my stuffing.
 
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