Thursday, January 14, 2010

INCREDIBLE NO KNEAD BREAD




Matt got me a book for Christmas called, My bread, the revolutionary no-work, no-knead method by Jim Lahey. The idea of bread that you don't have to knead that is also no work is VERY appealing to me. This bread is seriously AMAZING! Crusty crust and moist chewy center. The only thing is you have to plan ahead! It rises twice. The first time for 12-18 hours and the second time for 1-2 hours. You must try this method! I cooked the bread in a dutch oven.

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

Yields one 1 1/2 pound loaf

3 cups bread flour, more for dusting
1/4 teaspoon rapid rise, instant yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 c cool water
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add water, and stir until blended; dough will be sticky. Add a little more water if you need to make it sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at room temperature, out of sunlight, about 70 degrees.

2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles and it's a little bit darker of a color. Use lightly floured hands to pull the dough off the edges of the bowl and tuck the edges in to make it a round ball. Make sure there is a light coating of flour all over the ball of dough, not too much, just enough so you can pick it up without the dough sticking to your hands.

3. 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. Fold towel over to cover dough and put it in a draft free place to rise. Let it rise for 1-2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be doubled in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.

4. A half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 475°. 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 (I ended up only baking mine 10 minutes extra), until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

2 comments:

Laura said...

That bread looks so good!

Caiti said...

I have been wanting this book! Thanks for posting the recipe. I started making the bread last night; it's been raising for 10 hours so far... can't wait to have it with our roast for dinner tonight!! I am really loving the recipes you post, Kerstin! You are wonder woman with a new baby at home!