My DH Ric has made his "Papa" Bread for us over the past few years and we absolutley love it (and our friends too) when he makes it! He first learned the recipe off of New York Times: The Minimalist Bitman!
He has since played, adjusted, perfected his own variation of this fantastic "Papa Bread"!
The recipe is found on my other blog: Lil Daisies Gourmet Pantry
but, I have reposted it for you here! Go check out my food blog for more recipes.
We saw this being made on New York Times w/Mark Bittman. My husband tried this recipe and it was easy, simple, healthy and delicious. He started to play around with it a little bit. He started to use about 2/3 whole wheat flour and 1/3 all purpose and it turned out great! We love that it has simple ingredients: no eggs, no dairy, no preservatives, no sugars or sweetners....very healthy with the freshly ground whole wheat! Below is the original recipe. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have too!
Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery
Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.
1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.
Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.