Crusty Gluten Free Artisan Bread

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Crusty Gluten Free Artisan Bread
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  1. Place a Dutch oven, with the lid on, in the oven. Preheat the oven to 500°F. The pot will have to preheat for 1 hour.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the water and yeast until dissolved and creamy. Let stand for 15 minutes until the mixture bubbles.
  3. Add the flour and the salt and whisk until all of the flour is absorbed. Add oil and whisk until the oil is incorporated. The dough will be very soft. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes.
  4. With a stiff spatula, mix the dough vigorously to deflate the rise. In a small bowl, beat the vinegar and baking soda together until the baking soda dissolves. Stir the baking soda mixture into the dough and mix until well-incorporated throughout the dough.
  5. To shape the loaf, use a large serving spoon to scoop the dough on to the middle of a 15-inch long piece of parchment paper. Mound the dough to create a tall round, mixing with the spoon gently as you go to release any air pockets.
  6. With a small offset spatula, gently smooth out the surface of the loaf. Lightly dust the top of the loaf with flour.
  7. Remove the pot from the oven and take off the lid. Be careful, the pot will be very hot. Lift the loaf up by the edges of the parchment paper and lower it into the pot. Cover and place in the oven.
  8. Bake the bread for 45 minutes with the lid on the pot.
  9. Remove from the oven and lift out the bread with a metal spatula. Transfer the bread to a wire rack and cool the bread completely before slicing, about 3 hours. The bread will be even better if you let it sit out overnight and slice it the next day. 
  10. The bread will stay fresh in a sealed plastic bag for up to 3 days or you can slice it and freeze for up to a month. Remove the slices from the freezer as you need them and defrost them at room temperature before toasting.