You mix the ingredients in a bowl...flour, yeast, salt, water ...cover with plastic wrap....let sit for at least 12 hours....and here's the key, you must bake it in a cast iron pot! And it comes out like that picture above! There's no kneading involved what so ever, I kid you not. I ran across the recipe while googling "crusty bread" and found this awesome blog Simply So Good and everything this woman makes is really simply so good!! Follow the link above and she will explain in full detail step by step how to make this bread and how to add things to make the bread even more yummy.
Is it not the most beautiful loaf of bread you've ever seen! I can't tell you how wonderful this bread is...perfect for Winter soups and stews! Crusty on the outside but very soft on the inside. It's also awesome sliced, toasted in the oven, and slathered with the strawberry jam we made this past Summer!
If you're looking for a new, good food blog to follow, you will love Simply So Good! I've already sent a few friends there to try her crusty bread recipe and they absolutely rave about it and their husbands don't believe they made the bread themselves! I think the secret is the cast iron pot!