Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The most amazing and delicious "No Knead Bread"

Print I first tasted this bread when we went out to supper at our friends house, and we couldn't stop eatting it. It is so delicious and EASY!! It is Fat free (until you slap a layer of butter on it) and calls for NO sugar.  I have made the loaves with white flour, and yesterday I experimented using one cup each of White, Whole Wheat and Rye Flours.  Beautiful chewy bread!!  The method calls for a cast iron dutch oven or something similar that has a lid and will take the heat of the HOT oven.  I don't have a special cast iron dutch oven  (YET) so I used two cast iron frying pans of the same size and it worked perfect!

It tastes as good as it looks!

I think that if you want this bread for supper, start it the night before you go to bed, it takes less than 5 minutes to mix up. Let it rest all night and the next day.  When you get home, put the bread dough on a floured tea towel (Not terrycloth) for 1-2 hours and bake it fresh for supper.  Fabulous with homemade soups, stews and Chili. Get out your slow cooker out and away you go.  Make sure you have REAL butter on hand.  ENJOY!

If you want to watch the video  -

Then there is the new and "improved?" method

No Knead Bread Recipe

Servings: One 1-pound loaf Prep Time: Cook Time:
No Knead Bread Recipe is adapted from Mark Bittman of NY Times who got it from Sullivan Street Bakery. When the recipe first came out, it was the blogging community who took the bread to new heights, especially Rose Levy Beranbaum, author of The Bread Bible. I followed Rose's experiments through the weeks and learned from her recipe adjustments and the why's of how this bread works.


3 cups bread flour (I like Harvest King bread flour)
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon fine table salt (or 3/4 tablespoon of kosher salt)
1 1/2 cups warm water
Covered pot (five-quart or larger cast iron, Pyrex, ceramic, enamel...something that can go into a 450F oven.)


1. Mix dough: The night before, combine all ingredients in a big bowl with a wooden spoon until the dough just comes together. It will be a shaggy, doughy mess. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 12-20 hours on countertop.
2. Shape & preheat: The dough will now be wet, sticky and bubbly. With a wet spatula, dump the dough on a floured surface. Fold ends of dough over a few times with the spatula and nudge it into a ball shape. You can use your hands if you like, just keep your hands wet so that the dough does not stick. Generously dust a cotton towel (not terrycloth) with flour. Set dough seam side down on top of towel. Fold towel over the dough. Let it nap for 2 hours. When you've got about a half hour left, slip your covered pot into the oven and preheat to 450F.
3. Bake: Your dough should have doubled in size. Remove pot from oven. Holding towel, turn over and dump wobbly dough into pot, using your hands to get the dough off the towel. Doesn't matter which way it lands. Shake to even dough out. Cover. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover, bake another 15-20 minutes or until the crust is beautifully golden and middle of loaf is 210F. Remove and let cool on wired rack. If not eating right away, you can re-crisp crust in 350F oven for 10 minutes. Best way to eat it? Smear a warm slice with some good butter (Kerrygold and Lurpac are both found in your grocery stores, usually on top shelf)

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