Slow and Easy Winter Days

Snow is lightly falling and it seems odd to see, since it has only stuck on the ground one time this winter. Yes, one time in Upstate New York.

I’ve been in the bread making mood, and thought I would pass along a recipe from Mary DeMuth’s cookbook, The Irresistible Table.


If you are worried about water temperature to yeast or kneading—don’t. This is very easy. Let me repeat: very easy! And you will look like a bread artisan when you are done.

I have a Dutch oven with lid and have been doubling the recipe for a nice big loaf. Here’s the recipe:


Easy Italian crusty/chewy bread


2 cups tepid water plus 1 Tbs.

1 tsp. dry active yeast

1 tsp. salt

4 cups all-purpose flour


Add the water, yeast, salt and flour into a mixing bowl. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir well to form a wet, very sticky dough. Do not try to knead with your hands, as it is too sticky to handle. Once mixed, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for 24 hours.


Preheat oven to 450. Place Dutch oven, or other oven proof, lidded pot in the oven. Let it heat up with the oven until it’s very hot. Open oven and take off lid. Spray interior of pot with cooking spray, then ladle out the sticky dough with spatula into the Dutch oven. Cover. Lower oven temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove cover. Bake for 35 additional minutes until golden brown.

This recipe is easily doubled.






I had just pulled my bread out of the oven, started writing this, and heard about Cloud Bread on the radio. Cloud bread? I never heard of it. (Now you will wonder if I ever get out of the house)! Have you have heard of it?

So I took a few minutes and hopped on Pinterest and found tons of recipes for Cloud bread.

No flour! Gluten free, for my daughter—what could be better? Just think–fresh individual flat breads, (sort of). But you can also make into a pizza, or sandwiches…and it says it tastes like bread. So I guess this will be another bread I will be trying in the near future!


Here is one of the recipes I saw on Pinterest:

FOUR ingredients: eggs, cream cheese, cream of tartar, and sweetener such as honey. This recipe also called for rosemary. How easy can you get?

Happy winter day!



4 thoughts on “Slow and Easy Winter Days

  1. Your bread looks so yummy, Diane! I have a dutch oven and I love it. Since I’m gluten-free, I was afraid I wasn’t going to get to try a new recipe. Thank you for directing me toward Cloud Bread. Going to check it out!

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