- 3 1/2 cups white flour
- 1 tsp. active dry yeast
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast. Stir in water (and a little more flour as needed) until a sticky, shaggy dough forms. Cover tightly and let rise on countertop or in a cool place for 8-18 hours.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a Dutch oven with lid on the center rack and heat for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, use a generous amount of flour on your fingers and remove the dough from the bowl. Quickly form it into a ball and set it on a heavily floured surface. Remove Dutch oven from oven, take off the lid (careful – it’s very hot!) and place the ball of dough inside. Replace the lid and bake at 450 for 20 minutes.
- Remove the lid and bake for another 7-10 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack. Serve while still warm.