1. Dump 3 cups of all-purpose flour or bread flour in a bowl.
2. Mix one and one-half teaspoons of salt and one package of active dry yeast with one and three-quarter cups of room temperature water. I use kosher salt, but regular or sea salt will work, too.
3. Pour the water/yeast/salt into the bowl.
4. Stir until everything is combined and a dough ball forms and it looks like this:
5. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit out on the counter for 18-24 hours. It will patiently wait there until you're ready to bake it.
That's it! We're done for today. I told you it was easy.
Smooch: Why is there a bowl of dough on the floor?
Me: The light's better down there.
Thank you, Justina!)
Now go forth and make your bread dough. If you run into any problems or have any questions, shout them out in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them, expert bread baker that I am...NOT! My only credentials are that I've made this recipe five times and it's worked every time. And I won the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow award when I was a senior in high school. 37 years ago.
Bermtopia posted the original recipe for this bread on Tasty Kitchen. I modified it slightly because I couldn't find "instant yeast" at the Walmart.