Did you forget what is possible by barely batting an eyelash? Amazing, crispy-crusted, moist, chewy bread. I know, I know, no-knead bread is so 2006. But maybe it’s time to go back in time (anyone else thinking Huey Lewis right now?) and revisit. I did not have a blog in 2006 and I want to be like all the other bloggers and write about it too. So in case you forget how easy it is to be a bread superstar….here we go. Recipe is from Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery and I used it as a great baking idea for kids and parents for the foodnetwork.ca.
I like to mix this together (at least 3 minutes of hard work) around 9pm the night before I need (or don’t knead-ha!) the bread. (Usually so it’s ready to go Saturday morning.)
Whisk together 3 cups flour (AP or bread flour) with ¼ teaspoon instant yeast and 1 ¼ teaspoons salt in the bowl. Add 1 ½ cups water and stir with a spatula until a dough comes together (30 sec-1 min). Lightly grease a second medium bowl and transfer the dough into. Cover and rest the dough for 12-18 hours at room temperature.
Flour a work surface lightly and remove the dough from the bowl. Fold it over once or twice. Let rest for 15 minutes on the work surface.
Shape the dough into a ball. Coat a clean, cotton tea towel generously with flour and place the dough ball (seam side down) on the towel. Lightly dust the dough with flour and cover with another towel. Allow to rise until doubled, 1-2 hours. Watch part of a What Not To Wear marathon.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. You will bake the bread in a 6-8 quart oven-safe pot with a lid (such as a Le Creuset). Place the empty pot in the oven 30 minutes before baking.
Remove the hot pot from the oven. This is the trickiest part, transfer your dough, seam side up into the pot (BE CAREFUL!). Try and just flip the dough into the pot using the tea towel –but if it deforms as it goes in, no big deal. If you don;t have enough flour on the tea towel it will stick–so don’t skimp.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes remove the lid. The crust will be golden. Bake another 15 minutes. The rust will turn a rich, dark brown. Remove the loaf and cool on a rack.
REJOICE. And contemplate being a baker. Surely not everyone’s turns out this well?! Now you can move onto No-Knead Pizza dough.
Here is Mark Bittman’s New York Time’s article that made this bread famous….(6 year anniversary coming up in November!)
And here is the Jim Lahey’s Sullivan Street Recipe with weight measurements (which I think is best to use if you own a scale).