Tuesday, January 24, 2012

no knead bread

I love bread, I mean really love it!  Although it is not super diet friendly, I cannot help but love it.  While I have tried to cut back on this indulgence I will never pass up a good slice of bread.  This weekend I decided it was time to try my hand at making my own bread.  I found this "no knead bread" recipe from Sullivan Street Bakery.  This recipe was published in the New York Times over 5 years ago and has been a favorite ever since.  4 basic ingredients?  I'll take it!  There is a lot of waiting time in between steps but over all this recipe could not get any more simple!

3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon yeast
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
olive oil (for coating)
extra flour (for dusting)

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add water and incorporate by hand or with a wooden spoon or spatula for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Lightly coat the inside of a second medium bowl with olive oil and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest 12 hours at room temperature (approx. 65-72°F).
Remove the dough from the bowl and fold once or twice. Let the dough rest 15 minutes in the bowl or on the work surface. Next, shape the dough into ball. Generously coat a cotton towel with flour, wheat bran, or cornmeal; place the dough seam side down on the towel and dust with flour. Cover the dough with a cotton towel and let rise 1-2 hours at room temperature, until more than doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 450-500°F. Place the pot in the oven at least 30 minutes prior to baking to preheat. Once the dough has more than doubled in volume, remove the pot from the oven and place the dough in the pot seam side up. {I coated with a little olive oil and rosemary at this point} Cover with the lid and bake 30 minutes Then remove the lid and bake 15-30 minutes uncovered, until the loaf is nicely browned.

Mmmmm....perfect with butter and a sprinkle of this salt!

1 comment:

Christine said...

omg that looks amazing! And I'm a fellow bread lover as well! Is that herbs de provence on the top?

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