The blog post I used for my bread is here: http://www.simplysogood.com/2010/03/crusty-bread.html
The original post gives a number of variations on this bread, all of which sound really good. I wanted to try the regular version first, just to see how it worked out for me and whether I wanted to make it on a more regular basis. I really like the fact that this recipe has an overnight raising time during which I do not need to do anything with it. I also like the fact that the timing is flexible. I'm not repeating all the details of the recipe here - please use the original blog source above. I just wanted to show how mine came out.
The basics of this bread are so easy. Just combine 3 cups of flour, 1 3/4 teaspoons of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of rapid-rise yeast, and 1 1/2 cups of water in a reasonably large sized bowl. The dough will be sort of sticky and messy. I had to add a little more water to get my flour incorporated. As the source blog instructs, I covered it with plastic wrap and left it on the counter. The recommended time is 12-18 hours. I think mine went for about 20 hours, so don't worry about it if you're a bit over on the timing. What was initially a gooey blob in the bottom of the bowl rose to become this:
I had set my oven to 450 F as required, and I used my red Kitchen Aid Dutch oven for this recipe, which I put in the oven to heat for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I scraped the dough out of the bowl onto a heavily floured wax-paper surface, formed it into a round-ish shape, and put the plastic wrap over it again. I then went away for 25 minutes while the Dutch oven was heating and the dough was considering its future.
It produced a lovely loaf with a crusty exterior and a lovely moist interior.
This is the loaf after a couple of slices were removed - you can see that the interior is airy and not too dense. I'll definitely be making this bread again, and will try some of the variations given in the original post. The orange and cranberry sounds great, as does the lemon rosemary. I do have a bread machine and I use it from time to time, but this recipe is just as easy and makes a delightful loaf. I thoroughly recommend it!