3 cups warm water
1 tbsp yeast
1/2 tbsp salt
6 1/2 cups flour
1 large bowl - that will allow dough to quadruple in size
clean dish cloth
mix yeast and warm water. add salt. add flour. mix with wooden spoon until dough forms a loose ball. do not to over mix.
leave dough in bowl and cover bowl with dish cloth. allow to rise for 2 hours. dough will quadruple in size.
at this point, you have a few options. you can cover dough/bowl with plastic wrap and foil and refrigerate for a few hours (or up to 3 days). i recommend this because cool dough is much easier to handle. or you can freeze the dough (for months). or you can bake it immediately. or a combo of all three : )
place the boule on an oiled baking sheet (sprinkled with cornmeal if you have it) and allow to rise, uncovered, for 40-60 minutes. before baking, cut a slash or two across top of dough to allow air to escape during baking.
then bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes. when dough is golden brown and smells intoxicating, it's done.
(if you're going to use the dough to make a pizza crust - which i highly recommend - you can skip the "second rise". just take dough out of fridge, flatten it, top with sauce, cheese, veggies, amazingness, etc. and bake at 425 for 25 minutes or so and enjoy : )
happy weekend! hope it includes the smell of homemade bread - mine will : )