Easy and good. And I did not follow all directions.
Why? Because I lack the equipment.
I do not have a heavy weight covered casserole or dutch oven. I have baked enough bread through out the years that I know a small change in baking conditions will only result in a small change in finished product. Without the dutch oven, I did not have an oven within the oven. The only difference I could tell from my finished loaf was color, the bread did not brown as much as is shown in photos from blog posts where the bread is featured.
It is a great bread, easy and inspiring to say the least. Inspiring in that the simplicity will offer satisfaction in baking a finished loaf that is delicious and make you want to bake again.
On to the herbs de Provence, I don't think I like the flavor. Or maybe it is an acquired taste. I found the container of this herb mix at Costco. It was not expensive, so I thought I would give it a try. I am glad I did, but don't expect to do much more cooking with it. I do believe it is the lavender. I don't care for "perfumy" food. I had lavender scones at a tea once, I did not care for them. I do not care for dejaardeling tea for the same reason. It smells and tastes like perfume. The direct smell from the container is wonderful, I do not care for the flavor.
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