He's been telling me for months how easy it is to make, so I finally decided to take the plunge and try it. I've been making awesome bread now for about 3 months.. and it's all thanks to JDub.
Here's the simple recipe and baking process:
6 1/2 c flour
1 tbsp yeast
1 tbsp salt
3 cup water ( 110 degrees or so )
Dissolve yeast and salt in water.. let sit for 10 mins to give that yeast time to bloom.
Mix liquid with flour. Rise 2 hours, put in fridge.
When you want bread.. reach in the bowl.. grab a handful ( depending on how big of a loaf you want ). - Use flour on your hands and board to avoid sticking.
Form into a round ( boule means ball in in French ). Rise for one hour
Make sure to put down semolina flour or cornmeal on your board to keep from sticking.
Cut 1/4" slits in top, throw a bit of salt on top.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Put loaf in ( on baking stone preferably ).
NOTE - For that "crispy crunchy crust" put a pan in bottom of oven, place one to two cups of water in the pan when you put the bread in. The humidity will crisp it up.