July 2, 2009

Overnight Rise Casserole-Dish-Baked Bread

Makes one big loaf - or break dough into 3 sections before putting it in the dish and you'll have 3 pull-apart loaves

6 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
3 cups of tepid water
1 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
a sprinkle of polenta - optional

Mix the yeast with the water and sugar and set aside for 5 minutes. In a mixer with a dough hook (or a big bowl with a wooden spoon), combine the flour, salt and the yeasty water. Mix well. It will be lumpy and a bit sloppy. Sloppy is good.

Cover with plastic wrap and leave overnight to prove. Somewhere cool is good - the fridge is fine too.

In the morning - punch the dough down and flop it onto a lightly floured benchtop. Knead it as best you can for a minute or two. Grease a heavy, ovenproof casserole dish (round is best - ceramic or heavy metal is the go) The dish needs to have sides at least 5cm high (or higher!) for this to work well and for the bread to rise up (rather then spread out) Sprinkle the dish with polenta if desired. Carefully pop the dough into the greased dish. Dust the top with flour.

Cover with a clean teatowel and let rise for a couple more hours in a draught-free spot.

Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Then pop the risen dish full of dough into the hot oven. Bake for around 30 minutes, or until golden and hollow-sounding when you tap it. Turn out and eat it up! Yum!


Hello Sandwich said...

oh my goodness do you ever sleep! You are truly amazing! And I am so so so so so thankful for you for sharing your special recipe database with use readers! It's so sweet of you!
Thank you lovely! I am going to make a special dinner and think of you!
Hope you have a gorgeous weekend and manage to sneak in some rest!
Love Love
Hello Sandwich

Hannah said...

What a lovely blog! Hello sandwich got there before me but yea- how do you do it all superwoman?

I really like that you dont presume that people have access to a food mixer (like me until very recently) it means that even if you are complete novice you can figure it out with a bowl and spoon!

Thank you!

Kylie Mordle said...

this blog is absolutely lip smackingly delicious from the cute images right down to the scrumptious recipes, x Kylie