Thursday, March 26, 2009

Jim Lahey's No Knead Bread

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Ever since we got this recipe, we've been wanting to try it. But we didn't have the proper equipment to bake the bread. That is, until now.
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of active yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
Mix ingredients together in a large bowl until combined into a shaggy dough. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 12 to 18 hours. Scoop the wet dough onto a floured surface. Fold twice and let rest for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and shape the dough into a saggy ball and let rest for another 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place heavy Dutch oven or other oven safe lidded pot in oven. Heat pot for at least 30 minutes. Tip the dough into the hot pot. Sprinkle with salt or seeds (we used sesame seeds), cover with lid and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the pot and bake for another 15 to 30 minutes until browned as desired.

The crust is nice and flaky and the bread itself is chewy and tender. The bread is paired with some homemade kumquat marmalade. Mmm, delicious.

1 comment:

  1. That bread is addictive. My friends and I were addicted to it for about six months straight. Good luck.