3 Ingredient Bread Recipe - Simple and Easy!

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So Simple, Yet So Delicious

Some years ago I got into baking the occasional loaf of bread after visiting the UK and realizing that I've been missing out for most of my life here in the States. It reminded me of the fresh baked bread I had as a kid way back in the day that seems to not be around as much as it used to be. I went on a mission to figure out how I could duplicate the texture of the loafs I ate during that visit.

A few years ago I wrote a post with instructions on how to make my version of tiger loaf (with cheese on top, rather than the tiger bit). It's not a difficult to make loaf by any stretch of the imagination, but recently I realized that I could simplify the ingredients even further. So without further rambling, here's how you make it!

Simple dutch oven loaf

You are going to need the following.

Tools:

  1. A Dutch Oven. Something like this will do.

  2. A large bowl

  3. Hands and/or a spatula to mix with

Ingredients:

3 cups - All purpose flour (Don't even need bread flour!)
2 tsp - Active dry yeast
1.5 tsp - Salt
1 1/3 cups - warm water, not hot!

I know, I said 3 ingredients. I sneakily didn't count the water.

The Process

Mix the dry yeast into the water and set aside for the moment. Mix together the dry flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water mixture to the flour and mix together with whatever utensil you have available. The dough should be fairly sticky and wet, so if it is like the consistency of pizza dough, add a bit more water, a tablespoon at a time.

Put a towel on top of the bowl and put it in a warm place, like in a sunny window. Set a timer for about 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, dip your hand in some water so that it doesn't stick so much in the dough, then grab a side of the dough, pull up and wrap it to the other side. rotate the bowl 90 degrees and repeat this process. Rotate a total of 4 times so that essentially you've folded it in half 4 times.

Put the towel back on top and put it back in the widow. Come back every 30 minutes 3 more times and repeat the process. I know, it takes a few hours, but it is really easy and it doesn't matter if you are not exactly right on the time. The point is to come back every half an hour to 45 minutes to fold the dough and develop the gluten.

After the last fold, stick the dough back in the window and go pre-heat the oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit with the dutch oven inside the oven. When the oven is finished heating up, you should have a really hot dutch oven. Carefully pull it out of the oven and stick it on the top of the stove. Sprinkle some four into the dutch oven, then get your dough from the window. Get your hands wet, fold it 4 times, then pick up the dough and drop it into the dutch oven.

Sprinkle some flour on top of the dough. Take a pair of scissors and clip the top of the dough to score it. Put the lid on the dutch oven and stick it in the oven. Set a timer for 35 minutes.

Crunchy on the outside, moist and soft on the inside

After the 35 minute timer goes off, open the oven and take the lid off of your dutch oven. Lower the oven temp to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the bread for an additional 15 minutes.

Once the final timer goes off, remove the dutch oven from the oven. I usually use a metal spatula to scoop the bread out of the dutch oven and put it on a wire rack to cool.

That's all there is to it!

I must warn you that once you spread some butter on this and have a bite you'll pretty much be at risk of eating half of the loaf. It is very 'moreish' as my British wife would say. I know it takes a bit of time to wait for the yeast to work and the gluten to develop, but honestly it is more waiting than actual work.

On a side note, you can actually make this even without the salt which I did on accident once. It makes the bread quite bland, but will still work. I know some folks are pretty restricted on their salt. You can get a bit of the flavor back by spreading salted butter on it or use it in a sandwich with other salted ingredients.

Let me know if you manage to make this very simple delicious loaf. I haven't bought bread in months since I started making these!


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I'm not much of a bread eater (carbs and type 1 diabetes don't combine well) but damn this is legit!

Bread butter and cheese...goddamnit I miss that!

Hope you're well. Happy weekend.

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Aw man, yeah I know it's not great for the blood sugar. To be honest, I had to slow down on the bread baking myself because I go a bit overboard and it can make me a bit bloated. Especially the grilled cheese sandwiches. haha! Thanks for stopping in.

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It can have that effect, the bloating, but it's bloody good stuff! And grilled cheese, come on man, now you're just teasing me. I could go one three right now. (But can't.) 😭

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It's a very easy recipe and it's become something special in no time, so I'll definitely try it at home and then let you know how it tests out for me.

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Now this looks yummy, I might have to try this combo.

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It's pretty tasty. I am always surprised at how easy it is to make nice bread, yet you go get some from the store here and it is dry and gross. Who knows!

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I guess I am the only one in the whole world that sucks at baking. This looks delicious, good job!

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For me the key is just patience and using timers for everything. I am getting better over time at using intuition, but believe me, I have failed pretty good quite a few times!

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Looks delicious! My wife has a two ingredient dough we have been making lately. Just flour and plain Greek yogurt. It doesn't turn out too bad actually, but it is a bit of a pain to work with.

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Oh that sounds interesting. What are the proportions of yogurt to flour? I'd like to give that a try. What is the hard part about it?

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It's just equal portions depending on how much dough you want to make. It gets sticky and isn't quite as pliable when you don't use yeast.

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Ah OK. So no water at all then. Do you just knead it up and cook it, or do you leave it out for a bit?

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I put it in the fridge for a bit to try and make it easier to work with. Correct, no water. It's supposed to be a lot healthier for you. It works well for pizza crusts.

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Oh nice. I have one of those portable pizza ovens. I might give that recipe a try for the dough.

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You will have to let me know how it goes!

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Now I am going cray cray reading this. Haha. Maybe it is because I have never seen you write a "How to make food" blog before and thus got me cracking.

You genuinely told us each step, and that is so legit. Since your wife has given it a go ahead with a fine name, I'll also give this a tryout.

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hehe, yeah I like to bake a thing or 2 once in a while. For real though, give it a try! It's easy and tastes great.

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That's nice. I am giving this post a reblog to keep it very close to me. Hehe, thanks 😊.

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Bread is one of the noblest foods that can exist, but the best bread is not the freshly baked one, it is the one made by oneself with dedication.

Greetings, the bread has turned out beautifully.

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Thanks! And I totally agree with you. Anything we make with our own hands gives us more satisfaction and appreciation.

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Because (lets admit it) US bread really does suck. Nothing like a decent loaf of bread which is still warm to get it all going. Take a thick slice with butter and salt and pepper (or italian olive oil) and salt and pepper and you instantly want wine with that hahahaha

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Sometimes I can't even figure out why the bread here is so bad. It is so easy to make. The only reason that I can come up with is that they fill it with preservatives so that it can sit on the shelf for a long time. The consequence is terrible, dry or squishy bread.

Take a thick slice with butter and salt and pepper (or italian olive oil) and salt and pepper and you instantly want wine with that hahahaha

You are right about that!

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This looks amazing. I do a very similar one on my dutch oven.

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That looks pretty cool! I think I'll give that a shot this next weekend. Not a lot of work, just a lot of waiting. Thanks!

How's your family doing?

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Yeah, it's really not too bad. Especially if you are just running around the house doing things on a particular day. You just run by every half and hour or so and fold it over a few times. I've even done it only like 3 times and it still turned out pretty good, it just doesn't rise as high.

How's your family doing?

We are doing well, my little one is making me sick every 5 minutes though. haha! He puts his mouth on everything and loves spreading all kinds of bugs to the rest of of. I swear I have never gotten sick so often until I had this kid.

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That will happen with you're first little one. You end up catching everything you haven't been exposed to since you were a kid if even then. Parenthood is fun but has it's challenges and pitfalls.

I'll give that bread a shot this weekend, I'm not planning on heading out so it might work out well!

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Se ve rico el pan , buena receta, saludos amigo hiver.

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Great post! This simple 3-ingredient bread recipe is perfect for beginners and seasoned bakers alike. Love the straightforward instructions and beautiful results!

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Thanks! I am glad you liked it. Give it a try!

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Indeed pretty simple yet delicious no doubt... Would love to take this time to say thank you for the support on my blog. I'm so grateful

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