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Filbert and The Peasant Bread Mystery

So I decided to make bread! This is not something I do often and honestly I’ve only attempted it a few times but I did get the beautiful dutch oven for Christmas and there is a bread a friend of mine makes right in the pot. I got out a recipe and of course added more herbs etc. This is a 2 day process unless you start first thing in the morning but I did not. So… I put the ingredients together and set it to rest for the 12 to 15 hours it calls to do. The excitement of getting it ready and baking it is so gratifying. Ah…but where is it? It was here on the counter, I cut one piece when it was warm!? Where did it go? It was right here!??
Peasant Bread or No Knead Bread, is surprisingly easy and fun!. Just be sure it is not close enough to the end of the counter to be pulled down and devoured by Filbert after all your hard work….Yep, I had that one end piece and it was so delicious and Filbert got the rest. The best part was me trying to figure out where the loaf went I literally was looking all over like I had misplaced it. hahaha, Mystery solved Filbert one of our beloved pack was found slumped over it at the bottom of the stairs (I guess it was too heavy to carry up) with what was left of it.
Here he is the Master Thief. If you look closely in the first photo you will see the loaf of bread there on the floor. DAMN IT, FILBERT!

WHAT YOU NEED:
3 Cups all purpose flour
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh herbs chopped small
(I did thyme, rosemary, sage and chives)
1 3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 Cup luke warm warter
1/8 cup olive oil

WHAT YOU DO:
*In A large mixing bowl put in all your ingredients and mix until it all comes together.
*It will be sticky and shaggy but not to worry it should be.
*Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and set in a warm spot for 12 to 15 hours.
*Make sure it is at least 70 degrees.

*Once its done it will have grown and be airy and have bubbles at the surface.
*Turn it out on to a flowered surface, be sure to flower your hands.
*Turn it over on it’s self 2 times. (fold it in half and then half again)
*Let it sit on the board for 15 minutes loosely covered with plastic or a dish towel.
*Flour your hands again and quickly shape your dough into a ball.
*Lay a cotton dish towel down and dust liberally with flour.
*Place the ball on top
*Cover with more flour and cover with an additional towel.
*Gently lift and place back into bowl and set in warm spot for 2 hours.
*Pre heat oven to 450 with a Le Crusset pot in it, cover and all.
*Once it is preheated (at least 30 min) gently remove the dough from the cloths and place into the heated pot
*Cover and bake for 30 minutes
*Uncover a bake additional 15 to brown.
I would let it brown a little more then I did but it was still great. I just couldn’t wait to try it.
Put on cooling rack for an hour. The ENJOY!!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cynthia
    May 02, 2012 @ 13:55:47

    Hahahahaha!! so funny! Poor Filbert!! That’s a lot of bread for one dog!! and..a lot of little bread for you!! Enjoyed the story & the recipe!

    Reply

  2. Micha
    May 02, 2012 @ 15:10:23

    Filbert must have been ready to explode! Who is the dog to the right? He/she looks a lot like mine. They sure keeps things interesting, don’t they? 🙂

    Reply

  3. Jasmine Pahl
    May 02, 2012 @ 16:03:53

    Goodness that looks delicious with all those fragrant herbs. I’m trying to be gluten-free right now. Please slather butter all over a big slice and enjoy it for me!!

    Reply

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