Homemade bread

We tried out a new bread recipe this week and it turned out really yummy. Besides that fact that it’s a “no-knead” recipe (leave it rise overnight and put in oven the next morning – that’s it!) I like that this method gives the hard outer texture and holey inner lightness of an artisan bread loaf.

Recipe: No-Knead Bread {NewYork Times}

Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery

Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting

¼ teaspoon instant yeast

1¼ teaspoons saltCornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt.

Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.

4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.

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  1. chris brandow says:

    I have been testing out the no knead bread as well. I found the flavor a bit lacking. this recipe really did the trick for me:

  2. Chef Herb Dreyer says:

    I think this is a terrific idea–especially the receipe: no sugar! And no sugar needed.

  3. karen hirsch says:

    I love this bread! I’m now experimenting with some adjustments and continue to get great results: whole wheat flour means a couple tablespoons more water and I think the bread flavor is better with 1 1/2 tsp salt. Just set it up in the evening and bake in the morning! I love it!