Sunday, March 14, 2010

I Did It!!

I did it, I finally made homemade bread. I have always wanted to do this, but was always a little intimidated by the idea. This recipe was very easy, no kneading, and was delicious! Looks like it came straight from the bakery. To bake it, you put it in a large dutch oven with a lid. The hardest part of making this bread was lifting my heavy pot out of the oven.
I made the dough last night, which was a snap, and let it rise over night. Fresh bread tonight!
The center was moist and tender, and the crust was nice and crusty, perfection!! Any leftover bread would make excellent croutons too!
Give it a try, and surprise yourself!





No-Knead Bread
Adapted from Jim Lahey at the Sullivan Street Bakery via Mark Bittman at New York Times

Yields one 1 1/2 pound loaf

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1& 1/2 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°F. 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.

**I used half all purpose flour, and half bread flour.


Let me know if anyone makes this!


XOXO

7 comments:

  1. So impressed it looks delish!

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  2. i'm impressed too! looks fabulous. and i will admit right now, i will never make this bread....i can barely get a meal on the table....:)
    but you sure inspire me!!
    xoxo

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  3. I was raised on home made bread, but the way my mother made it seemed so laborious. This actually looks easy enough to try making myself!

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  4. Very cool my friend! I have tried this recipe or one similiar and didn't have luck. Not sure if I had the water for the yeast or it wasn't warm enough in the house. I haven't had time to tackle it again. There are 2 things I haven't master yet bread and coffee. But I will someday! xo

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  5. OMG I am super impressed. It looks amazing. I have always wanted to do that too and now you have me thinking I actually can. Thanks girl!!!!

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  6. I bet the house smelled glorious! Nothing like fresh, warm bread with butter. I could eat the entire loaf!! xoxo

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  7. For all my baking, the bread gods (or goddesses) haven't smiled on me much. I think I'll have to try your recipe from 'a name I can trust.' :) xoxo

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