Tuesday, June 19, 2012

No Knead Bread

No Knead Bread






One of my favorite ways to blow off steam is to bake bread. In fact, last weekend, after a long five weeks of creating an on line class in the evenings for my teaching job, I cranked out three bread recipes over the two days, and it didn't feel like work at all. It felt creative. There is something about it... you just have to try it to understand. Peter Reinhart, Nancy Silverton, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Jim Lahey, Amy Scherber, Chad Robertson, and countless others say it best in their books.

If you have never baked bread, this is the perfect way to start. This bread is perfect. When you take it out of the oven, you can actually hear the crust sing! Seriously. The crust is thin but crispy, and the crumb (interior) is full of holes and just begs to be buttered. This will get you into bread baking.

I promise.





No Knead Bread.
Adapted from Steamy Kitchen, adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum, adapted from Mark Bittman of the New York Times.

12. 75 oz. (3C) bread flour
1/4 tsp instant yeast. *
1 tsp table salt
1 1/2 cups warm bottled water, about 100 degrees F.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and leave out at room temperature for about 12 to 20 hours.
Using a dough scraper, spatula, or bench knife, dump the dough out onto floured surface. I use something like this. My favorite one is from King Arthur Flour. In fact, I have four of them. Fabulous. 

Here's what it should look like:
The blob.

Wet your hands and your dough scraper and stretch and fold the dough into a ball of sorts. Imagine grabbing each side of the bread blob as if it were an envelope and folding it from the bottom to the middle from all four sides. The scraper and your hand should be wet so you don't stick.

Spray a bowl with spray oil and sprinkle with flour. Place your ball in it, seam side up. I use rice flour on my bowl because it is like Teflon. Spray the top of the dough with spray oil and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let it sit for two hours.

No Knead Dough, after the second rise


Place a large cast iron Dutch oven in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees. 

Remove the Dutch oven from the oven and carefully dump (so you don't burn yourself) the dough into the pan, seam side down. If your bread lands oddly, don't worry, it still tastes great. Cover and return to the oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, until the interior of the bread reaches 210 degrees.

Cool on a wire rack. Do not cut into it immediately as much as you would like to or it will not be finished cooking and may be gummy. If you want warm bread, reheat in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes before serving.

Look at this gorgeous interior.



*I use SAF instant yeast that I purchase in 1 pound packages from King Arthur Flour, Smart & Final, or Surfas in Culver City. I'm sure Amazon carries it too. Much cheaper than buying packets at the grocery store. Just keep it in the freezer.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing.......looks wonderful..............I sent this website off to a few of my friends!!!

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  2. Looks very nice! I use SAF Instant Yeast for all my commercial baking, too.

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    1. It's great stuff. So dependable.

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  3. Bought bread flour and a cast iron dutch oven. Ready to make bread!! Saw the last week and I was really excited- it looks fool proof. Can't wait to try it out on Emily.

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    1. Definitely let me know how it turns out!

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    2. It was terrific! So yummy. Going to have to do that again. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    3. Thanks Sarah! You'll have to try sourdough next! =)

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