Tuesday, January 18, 2011

no knead bread....

Yesterday I mentioned that I made bread for my get together tonight.  It turned out really good and was super easy, so I thought I’d share the recipe.
This is a great bread to make if you’re scared of yeast or kneading dough.  No kneading involved and the yeast just does what you want it to.
No Knead Bread
Mark Bittman – NY Times
3 cups bread flour
1 packet ( or 2 and 1/4 tsp.) instant yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 & 1/2 cups water
Oil as needed.
Combine flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Add the water andc set aside for at least 4 hours in a warm dry place, around 70 degrees. If it’s not warm enough the dough will take longer to rise.
Once your dough has risen, lightly oil a work surface and place dough on it; fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or a dish towel and let it rest 30 minutes more.
Once the dough has been covered and set aside, immediately heat the oven to 450 degrees. Put a 3.5 quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When the dough has rested for 30 minutes, remove the hot pot from the oven and place the dough inside. Shake the pot once or twice to let the dough settle at the bottom, it will settle even more as it bakes.
Cover with the lid and bake for 30 minutes, then remove the lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.
it was wonderful with my friend’s butternut squash soup.

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