I do not know anyone who does not enjoy hot crusty bread. I made a big brunch for mothers day yesterday and really wanted to try and make homemade crusty bread. I Googled "homemade crusty bread" and this recipe came up over and over again. I figured if that many people were posting about it, it had to be good. It took me 24 hours to make this bread, but the actual active time for this recipe is about 10 minutes, the rest is sitting and waiting for the yeast to do it's thing. When the bread came out of the oven I cracked a little piece off to test it. Oh, Mama was it good; crunchy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. It had an almost sour dough consistency on the inside. I cracked off a hunk for CB, who grabbed some butter and slathered in on the warm bread. About 30 seconds later I hear this "Damn, Jules, this bread is good, this bread is better than Federal Hill bread, it's better than all the breads I grew up with" then this, through a mouth full of warm buttered bread "you're gonna have to make this again."
It was indeed that good.
I started thinking about all the things I could add to it, rosemary and sea salt, caraway seeds, whole wheat flour. It was at this point that CB said. "No, do not mess with bread, all this bread will ever need is butter."
I'm still going to try and play with the recipe a little. But here is the original recipe that I worked from. Try if for yourself, it's that good. Crusty Bread LINK HERE
Rating = So God Damn Good