This came from my friend Amiee, one of the best cooks I know! (her blog rollmeouttahere.blogspot.com)
This bread was RIDICULOUSLY easy, the only thing is that you have to remember to make it first thing in the morning. It is the perfect bread for working moms. You make the bread in the morning the same time you stick something in the crock pot. When you come in, throw it in the oven. (which is why it is labeled with crock-pot even though you don't cook it in the crock pot).
3 c. flour (i used half all purpose, half bread flour, not sure it matters?)
1/4 tsp yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 c. warm water
Let yeast & salt dissolve into warm water. Then add flour. Mix well (I used a bosch but I think you could just do this by hand). If you are used to making bread, you will be very worried at how "loose," wet and sticky the dough is when you're done adding flour. That's Ok. We want it to be that way. Place dough mix in a covered bowl and let it sit out at room temperature for at least 8 to 10 hours (I've also been told that doing it overnight works just fine, too).
When the time is up, you'll need to find a large oven-proof covered pan. I used a dutch oven pot. Preheat oven AND covered pan to 475 degrees.
Then put a LOT of flour on your counter. Plop your dough out into the flour (mine was so "loose" that I had to scoop it out with a spoon!) and COAT it with flour and shape into an oval shape.
Take pan out of oven and grease the bottom. Carefully and quickly pick up your dough and place it into the oven. Bake for around 20-30 minutes with the lid ON. Then remove lid and bake another 5 to 10 minutes until browned. Cool on wire rack so heat can escape and keep the bread crusty.
YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS! FYI: I used this bread with crab cakes and red pepper sauce. YUUUMMY to sob up the sauce.
*NOTE* If you have left overs, don't wrap in plastic, rather put it in a brown paper bag or wrap it in a cloth.
I want to try it with whole wheat flour next time or with herbs, like rosemary and pepper.
I think it would also be great dipped in balsamic vinegar, olive oil and Parmesan cheese, yummy!