Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Rustic No-Knead Bread

Ok...first off?  I have to say.  I fiddled with this photo on Picnik.  And I thought it looked really cool.  And I uploaded to my blog post.  But now that I look at it here, it looks really weird.  Like, really bright.  This bread is not this bright in person.  It's just kind of regular delicious bread-color.  So keep that in mind.  But this recipe?  LOVE IT!  So easy.  You'll never eat store-bought bread again!  Bon apetit!

3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 1/2 cups warm (but not hot) water
Put the flour and yeast together in a medium-sized bowl.  No need to stir them together, but make sure the yeast is on top.  You want the warm water to touch the yeast and get it going.

Add water and mix until you have a nice ball of dough. It shouldn't be too moist.  It should just be enough water to get the flour to form into a ball.  You may need to add a little additional water at this step (by the tablespoonful). Cover with plastic for about 20 hours (we usually have this for dinner, and I prep it the night before).

An hour or two before you want to bake your bread, turn your ball of dough onto a floured cutting board and shape into a ball. Even though this is a no-knead recipe, I sometimes give it a little knead at this point.  But it's totally not necessary.  I'm just a weirdo. 

Place in an oiled bowl and cover with a dish towel. When the dough is ready to bake, preheat your empty dutch oven at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. This sounds odd, but you want your dutch oven to be really hot when you put your dough in.  Plop your dough directly into the middle of your dutch oven ('s going to be really hot), cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the the lid and place back in the oven to bake for an additional 15 minutes. 

When you take off the lid, but before you put it back into the oven for the final bake-time, you can brush your bread with melted butter, rosemary and kosher salt...YUM!  Or maybe some asiago cheese?  Or some crushed garlic?  Create your own recipe...go crazy!  The more you bake with this recipe, the more comfortable you'll get with it, and the more ideas you'll have for creating your own delicious bread.

Have fun!



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